Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
My friend, may I ask you a question today? The question is, does living within our “father’s house” (as Jesus calls it) require a dedication to the probability that, at times, it will be tedious, even commotional as the spiritual noise of living in and through the often disturbing moments of our earthly lives, will probably become intense.
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
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Our house is a busy place. Even though Holly and I have raised a family and each is now on their own, it doesn’t mean our home is an empty nest. This nest, although devoid of babies and such, doesn’t go unused; far from it. We have family living in a downstairs apartment with their pets. Holly and I have Wiener dogs living with us upstairs. We also have a tiny house on the back of our lot with more family. There’s probably as much or more commotion in this little house today as there was some 25 years ago when our children were small. In addition, each morning one of our daughters visits with two of our grandsons. Our home is filled with noises, bumps, running feet, dogs under the table, washing machines and dryers, showers running, and a multitude of other commotional sounds. When we add the oft occurring family gatherings that bring more people and a few more pets, dwelling here can be an even noisier proposition. There’s seldom a moment when there isn’t something happening somewhere around here. The fact is, if you’re going to live here and keep an office here as I do, you need to be able to accept the commotions that regularly occur from day to day. It comes with the territory. Living here is living in and with a family: busy, commotional and, at times, hectic. You either choose to live with it or push against it. The former is at times more difficult but it’s always the better choice, as pushing is always harder than not.
Jesus invites us daily to dwell in him, live out our lives in synchrony with his gospel. Similarly, each of us can choose to either live within the confines of the gospel or push against it. The question is, does living within our “father’s house” (as Jesus calls it) require a dedication to the probability that, at times, it will be tedious, even commotional as the spiritual noise of living in and through the often disturbing moments of our earthly lives, will probably become intense.
Richard Evans writes. “The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.” ( Bits & Pieces)
As a young man Jesus explained to his parents that living in “his Father’s house” was a natural place for him to dwell (Luke 2:49). It was disturbing to his parents that he was not with them, but within the temple away from their protection and guidance. Nevertheless, in the temple is where he naturally belonged. The message for us is clear as well. Within the temple of his Word is where we ought to be as well. That means living within the Word and not a pushing against. It’s a tragedy that so many of us spend the greater part of our lives pushing against the Word instead of dwelling within it. “God want me to be charitable? That’s too hard! I must push back with my need to keep more of what I have.” “God expects me to say something about this to my neighbor? That’s too risky! I need to push back to keep from being embarrassed.” Evans had it right. The time to start living within the gospel is always now and not tomorrow. We live with many tragedies in life, but none is essentially more painful and sorrow-filled than this: we could have opted to live within the “commotion” of (in communion with) God’s house sooner but put it off in favor of a life far better-suited to our own self-interests.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for your Word. Without it we would be a lost people; with it we have hope, encouragement and, most of all, salvation in Jesus Christ. Forgive us, Lord, when we push against the life in Christ by thinking of our needs before your will for our lives. May we never forget that life in Christ may have its commotional spiritual moments, but in Christ we will always be overcomers. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day.
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