Our culture may be post-Christian, but that’s no reason for us to flinch. Instead, it’s time for us to put our mouthpiece in, bite down, and be gentle aggressors. After all, didn’t Jesus live as a gentle aggressor for you?
Our job is to continue Jesus’ work of renewing creation from “dog-eat-dog” to “doggy-dog.” We do this by living as the coming attraction of the kingdom of God. And we do this by working as instruments of this kingdom’s advancement on earth.
The Apostle Paul taught in Romans that everybody—religious or irreligious, moral or immoral—is driven by worship. To worship something is to attach ultimate value to it, to determine you have to have it to be happy. Romans 6:16 says, “Don’t you know that if you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of that one you obey?” (CSB)
When we thumb through the pages of Scripture, we are welcomed into the theater of God’s glory. He comforts the discouraged, calms the anxious, teaches the confused, and offers purifying grace to sinners.
In Romans 7, Paul describes himself as a religious person, whose conscience submitted to the law of God but whose heart chafed against it. He turned in desperation to God’s grace in Christ knowing he needed forgiveness. But even after accepting Christ, he still struggled with his sinful heart.
Ministry can be a grind. It can feel like a desert. I find that every day, God puts before me two rocks and asks me to choose: Will you trust me and let me show you the next step, or will you try to achieve victory on your own?