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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

5 Startling Reasons You Should be Discontent

Whoa Paul... Discontent?

Ok.... so that title didn't sit well with you. I admit it doesn't exactly sit well with me either.

Discontent. Hmmmm..... but just maybe it's a springboard for something so much better...


Recently I have been struck by how incredibly easily we are lulled into complacency. A spiritual stupor... just getting sleepy... tired...

That's a terrible place to be. And yet it's also a call from God that He is longing to go deeper... so much deeper. Just think of Moses who "did not merely think of God, he saw Him. God was the constant vision before him. Never did he lose sight of His face."*

Oh, I want that....

I'm begging for it.

Scratch that... I'm on my face agonizing for it.

I want to walk with God like Moses walked. I want to commune with God like Elijah, Enoch, Daniel, David... But it's more than just "I want to" - its consuming me. Wanting is not enough when nothing else truly matters.

Revolution?

Count me in. I'm dying for something higher, something better. Really, I'm longing for a relationship that is so intimate, so true, so incredibly close that I never loose sight of His face. And if that means agonizing... then let me agonize, let me cry, let me bleed every last drop of my blood. That's what He did. All because He wanted a relationship with me that much 

Are you discontent? Here's five reasons Jesus give's us that should put us on our face pleading for something more... (based off of Luke chapter 6)

Brace yourself.

1. We're rich. 

Yes, and we're comfortable. And that's probably one of the biggest enemies Christianity has ever faced.

And so I'm sitting on my bed surrounded by soft pillows with my large goat-skin leather bible a warm down comforter my iPhone and Mackbook Pro... and I'm comfortable. And it's terrible because I should be completely unsatisfied and uncomfortable with this comfort.

Our riches surround us with comfort while the world dies in suffering and misery...

God help us.

2. We're full.

They say this is a country of light. And if they're talking about knowledge I guess I'd have to agree. We're full of it. In fact, frankly we're a bit puffed up with it.

We know a lot... but when it comes to crisis - I'm afraid much of us are going to find ourselves desperately hungry. Hungry for food that has always been there... we were just so consumed with the knowledge of it that it never really made it down to feed our hearts...

Simple faith... will it be found on the earth?

3. We're laughing.

It's popular Christian culture and it has made its way into almost every area of our lives.

Are you discontent with the frivolous foolishness? Discontent with mustering up all your spiritual energies to have a five minute deep conversation with your friend - and ten minutes later find yourself in giddy laughter about pure nothingness?

It's time to change that.

In fact there was once a group of people who spelled out sociability as having spontaneous prayer meetings in the field... They were young - and they changed the world. Literally.

What would happen if that was our social circle? In the end I believe we'd actually end up with a lot more joy and a lot more pure Christianity... 

4. We're popular.

Yes, and so were all the false prophets...

It's nice to be liked, even loved, but that's not exactly what we're promised. "Let there be a revival of the faith and power of the early church, and the spirit of persecution will be revived, and the fires of persecution will be rekindled."**


Sure I want revival... but am I ready to suffer for it?

5. We love judgment more than mercy.

When was the last time someone hurt you and you let them hurt you again without putting up a wall of defense?

When was the last time that someone took or stole something from you and you didn't ask or try to get it back?

In fact, when was the last time that someone took something from you and you actually ended up giving them something else - as a bonus...

Ouch.

"For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again."

Lend, hoping for nothing in return? That's what I read too...

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And so all of this - this richness, this fulness, this laughingness, this popularness, this judgment and mercy - throw me on my knees, utterly discontent with self.

And I'm consumed...

But make note: it's not the discontent that consumes me - It's the passion to see His face. Always. Forever. Unceasingly. 

And ultimately... that's what really matters.

Are you consumed?

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*Education p.63
**The Great Controversy p. 48

2 comments:

  1. Amen. I believe you put into words exactly what God has been trying to tell me lately. Oh, how I long to be consumed! To see His face, to know His heart...this is everything. And it will be everything in the end, finally, when this world is over. But in order to get there, it has to be everything NOW. It must consume us now. Jesus has sacred claims on our "supreme affections and the very highest services" of our lives (CH 385). We need a reality check. Thank you for letting God help you put it into words.

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