Finding Humanity Inside the Conflicts and Debates
“Made for spirituality, we wallow in introspection. Made for joy, we settle for pleasure. Made for justice, we clamor for vengeance. Made for relationship, we insist on our own way. Made for beauty, we are satisfied with sentiment. But new creation has already begun. The sun has begun to rise. Christians are called to leave behind, in the tomb of Jesus Christ, all that belongs to the brokenness and incompleteness of the present world… That, quite simply, is what it means to be Christian: to follow Jesus Christ into the new world, God’s new world, which he has thrown open before us.”
Scripture Reading: Matthew 18:15-20
It can be too easy to settle for the status quo, for the way things have always been done. Yes, we often need to take things as they are, but that doesn’t mean we have to take everything as it is. God has opened up a new world for us, but we sometimes just can’t see it because we’re too busy looking with our same-old-same-old minds.
So to practice thinking expectantly, try making a peanut butter sandwich for lunch every day, but change things up. Use honey instead of jelly. Or raisins. Or go nuts and do that Elvis Presley sandwich with bananas that’s fried. (You can find ideas here: http://www.epicurean.com/articles/beyond-jelly-reinventing-the-peanut-butter-sandwich.html ). The point is – by doing this, yes, you’re making a “peanut butter sandwich,” but you’re expanding your horizons and discovering new avenues out of the status quo. Now apply this thinking to the world God has made; how has he expanded it, improved upon it, opened up doors you never knew existed?
Ask questions, share thoughts and wrestle together about your experiences from the material this week.