As Christians, we have developed this sense of entitlement. We think that if God had His way, we would have an easier time of things.
God’s goal is to get you to a place where you know Him. He wants to be seen. What if the only way for you to know Him is in your discomfort? It’s possible that we are denying the process by avoiding the pain.
Instead, we should enter it and be cleansed from any sense of entitlement. We tell Him that He can do anything He wants with us, but do you realize that He can do anything He wants with us? When it hurts do you talk back? Do you rebuke it?
What life are you trying to hold on to here? Your ‘here and now’ life or your spiritual life?
Don’t be so shortsighted that you are one of those who thinks they’ve got it all figured out, but are so clueless to the real agenda of God. Those people reject His movement within them as they try to maintain control of all the pretty aspects of their ‘here and now’ existence.
Learn to think like Jesus.
Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want. 1 Peter 4:2
We can want pure and noble things for our lives, but what if your physical comfort is a detriment to your spiritual growth? What would you prefer?
I’ve prayed for broken things to get fixed, but as I pray I am very aware that maybe it’s broken because it needs to be broken. Who says I should never be the owner of something broken?
We think of those people who experience a miracle in their lives and think that if we had that level of faith, we’d have a miracle, too. The miracle is whatever illuminates God for us. Maybe those people don’t feel entitled and so God showed His presence by giving them something tangible. It’s personal, you let go and you find your needs met. You hold on and you sacrifice your spiritual life.
If we think that God only wants peace for us, then we will be tyrants of war trying to maintain peace. What if God wants you to be free of looking after yourself?
He tells us to love as if our lives depended on it. Well, what if our lives actually depended on it? Are we losing our lives because we’re trying to protect it?
It depends on what you call your ‘life’.
God knows that life is your spirit. When He gives life, it’s not through the birth pains of your mother. It’s through the birth pains of His Son. What ‘life’ is your real life? We get them tangled up, we use our physical eyes and our physical awareness to breath life into an existence we’re repeatedly told to die to.
We see life, in our finite minds, as our finite lives. We’re never supposed to give the time of day to our mortal existence because it’s destined for death. We all die, we all leave things behind. Money, flowers, lovers, children…. If you agree with that, then it’s easy to see that what we take with us beyond death is the only thing we’re supposed to breath life into.
When a body dies, we have a responsibility to take care of that body and give it a proper burial. This takes time and there is a procedure to be followed. Our physical lives are to be addressed. We have responsibilities to give our physical lives the same attention that we do a body to be prepared for burial. You assume responsibility, but you don’t rely on it for life giving information. It just speaks a dead language and smells of death. Dress it properly, but know that the clothing will rot under the watchful eye of no one.
If you set up your life to maintain control, then you lose your spiritual life.
If the Bible is true, then there are many things we don’t understand. There is a perspective that we don’t quite have. So when the Bible says to do something as if your life depended on it, it’s probably best to just do it. And we now know, that the ‘life’ it’s talking about is not the one that will be buried one day.
Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. – 1 Peter 4:8