A Christ-identity is one that is always being laid down for the Fathers will. A Christ-identity is one that is being journeyed through like a wilderness, and laid aside like a promise of false riches and power. A Christ-identity is one which has no life of it’s own, but is sustained daily by the manna of God’s provision of grace. A Christ-identity is one that does not die with the one who carries it like a personality does, but which, like communion, is shared again and again with thanksgiving and humility, and will come alive again no matter how deep the grave, or how grievous the wound.
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What would Jesus do now? Exactly what he was doing before. Inspiring people to love and serve others, feed the hungry, provide for orphans and widows in their distress, house the homeless, mourn with those who mourn, weep with those who weep, set the captives free. Perhaps we should be less concerned with an imminent return of Christ, and more concerned what what we are doing to facilitate His power and His presence on earth, here and now, in the hearts and through the hands of we who claim to bear His beautiful name.
The first thing we have to conquer in our quest to love people is not the things they have or havent done, but our own attitudes towards the things they have or haven’t done. It’s not their badness that stops them being loved by us, it’s our unwillingness to admit we are no better than they are, and even our grandiose act of loving them won’t prove we are.
I think it’s a most peculiar form of self-torture to tell yourself that no one can make you feel anything, and then try to believe it when someone does something incredibly unkind and abusive to you. It diminishes both the offenders responsibility, and your own humanity. What’s wrong with being made to feel something, other than that it might require we change to accommodate one another? Or improve our manners? Or give a shit, or be given a shit about?