2 Corinthians 6.11-13 (The Message) --- Dear, dear Corinthians, I can't tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn't fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren't small, but you're living them in a small way. I'm speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!
Mark Waltz shared those verses on his blog today in relation to a series going on at Granger Church . What an awesome word. (I love the name of Mark's blog: www.becausepeoplematter.com).
Those are some verses we need to DIG INTO. They say something we need to HOLD ON TO. It conveys the truth of what GOD KNOWS. But do we really get it? THINK!
Often I get to talk to people who are crushed. They are crushed by their situation in life, by a relationship or by any number of things. Being crushed has thrown them into living just to 'get by' and not in the way that God intends for us to live. Don't let life crush you any more.
In fact this weekend at The Community we will be taking a deeper look into Habakkuk the 2nd chapter where we will be reminded that life's situations DON'T DETERMINE who God is or who we are. We have to get that. So, for a few minutes here at the end of the weeks, chew on the passage above:
1 - God intends for you and me to live a wide-open, spacious life which is not the Christian norm.
2 - God didn't create any small people and He doesn't have any insignificant children. In fact, The smallness you feel comes from within you.
3 - God invites us to to choose to Open up our lives. Live openly and expansively!
What does that mean? I think it may just be this: stop putting God in a box. Let God work and live through your life. And you, live in the blessings knowing God loves you and is using you for His good!
Now that's another awesome word!