Saturday, April 26, 2003

Forty-Day Immersion: Day 4

The world is unprincipled. It's dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn't fight fair. But we don't live or fight our battles that way - never have and never will. 10:4 The tools of our trade aren't for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. 10:5 We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. 10:6 Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, The Message

Day 4

Fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse – all three parts of our human aspect: intellect, sensibility and will – into the structure of life shaped by Christ. There is some great news here.

Great News, pt. 1: Christ has an interest in every part of out humanity. We do not need to become less than God created us to be. We are not on a journey toward nothingness and personality obliteration, but the exact opposite. We become who we are designed and destined to be not by being diminished, but by being developed.

Great News, pt. 2: Everything we are and hope to be has its beginnings in us from the instant of our creation. We have a structure available to us, but one that is not stagnant. It is a structure that grows, develops and becomes. It is never completed in this life, but it is in a constant state of renewal and growth, simultaneously.

Great News, pt. 3: It is not up to our limited resources to shape this life. It is shaped by Christ Himself, individually crafted and perfected for the highest possible usefulness, true pleasue, and joy that we can discover. He puts it all together for us, in an ongoing manner, and He does it in a way that never diminishes us, always developing us.

To have all of our thoughts, emotions and impulses working together for our optimization and greatest good is one of God’s greatest goals for us. Is it mine?

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