NEW SERIES: LIVING IN THE OVERFLOW
So we’re not governed by the 613 Laws given to ancient Israel (see last post). The question is then, what rule book are we following?
Sometimes the result can be that we ‘strain out gnats and swallow camels’, to use Jesus’ imaginative hyperbole. Sometimes people can be seen as ‘spiritual’ because they lead powerful worship or can quote the bible at length, while a blind eye is taken towards abusive workplace behaviour, for example, or an adulterous affair.
But most common is a pervading sense of failure, of having missed the mark; the sense that we were designed to be somehow better, and that there should be more to life than we are experiencing. And so we ask for forgiveness and determine to do improve… tomorrow. For many the Christian walk is like one long January: making resolutions, keeping it up for a few days or even weeks, then blowing it and feeling miserable.
However, God has an answer for this cycle of failure: the truth is, we were designed for something better. We were designed to participate in His glory. But we weren’t designed to get there by our own efforts. As new creations, as brand new people, we were made to live inside-out. Not according to external dos and don’ts, but with life flowing from the inside. Amazingly, God Himself has chosen to take up residence inside us—we need to give Him the freedom to be Himself!
‘Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’ By this He meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive.
Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
Rivers of living water......... now that sounds good.
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