Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Job 21: Mark 5 & 6

I had breakfast with a gal this morning who comes from a pretty I am thinking charismatic church experience. She has amazing insight and wisdom and a soft seeking heart or so it seems to me.( I gauge this as we are able to talk about anything and often do so with tears in our eyes. I'm not saying that is a correct guage to use, what is a soft heart to you?)
We talked about a lot of stuff and came back always to a sense of not knowing anything for sure anymore save for Jesus died for us.
She referenced at the height of her devotion how she downsized her job, was driving a hundred miles to do prison ministry and did a lot of other stuff that sounded pretty remarkable.
But when her church split she stopped..... and her daughter remembered this period of time as ‘not fun’.
She referred to that period of time as living and breathing for Jesus. ....
It seemed to me and I mentioned to her that IF she stopped at the time of the church split, it wasn’t about Jesus....?....
Making me ask this morning what does living and breathing for Jesus look like?
Are we, as fallen and self protective people even able to? consistently?
And IF we could what would it look like?
I wonder if we in our self protective methods of operations still just have hard hearts??
I wonder how long it takes to completely soften / transform and I guess maybe not this side of heaven????....
But we recognize the hardening quicker and turn back sooner……???
image from www.harbenpictures
Jesus Walks on the Water
45 Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.
47When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. 48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 50 because they all saw him and were terrified.
Immediately he spoke to them and said, "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." 51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down.
They were completely amazed, 52 for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.


Jeff said...

what does it look like?
look around...people everyday live for the glory of our God in the simplistic and the scary.

the real question you need to ask is...what would it look like for you?

Jeff said...

please forgive my arrogance. sometimes i write what i think, rather than keeping it in my thoughts.
i am sorry if i offended you in any way

Sue @ praise & coffee said...

Good questions, great post.


the_burning_bush said...

Ah! How terribly familiar.

We acknowledge that open rebuke is better than hidden love, yet we keep it so locked away ...

What does living and breathing for Jesus look like?

It's human to consider the way a thing looks, but God looks at the invisible areas -the things that can't be seen. Spiritual things must be discerned spiritually.

Thanks for this post and your work here as Christ works in you.

Jenn said...

I think we focus too much on what it "looks like" to live for Jesus. It should just "look like" us and Jesus. Not filling up with all kinds of acts of service or discipleship activities, but filling up with Him, in all that we do, at all times...oozing out of our very being.