They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
At times in the past, as a church we were very focused on “doing more”. For example, we used to sing a song with the line “Lord, we will do more”.
WHEN Jesus was on the cross he cried out: “It is finished” (John 19:30)
The work that the Father had sent him to do, he had done. And this work was to show us how to live, to show us the kingdom of God, to show us how to live in right relationship with our Father and each other, to show us the beauty of living to serve, to show us the power and glory and healing of the reign of God.
The other day I read Colossians 1:15, 18: Christ is “the firstborn of all creation” and “the firstborn from the dead”. I considered this; that He is the new Adam, the first member of God’s new creation. When He rose from the dead, He started something entirely new to replace the old fallen order. God does not improve the world by moral laws or even example, but He will scrap it altogether, and in Christ he has initiated the new world already.
One of my favourite scriptures is “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” (1 John 4:18) It’s become my mantra over the years.
I’m a fan of the summer: I love sitting outside and feeling the heat of the sun on my skin. There’s a feeling of contentment and peace that can only be described as internal warmth.