My voice is slowly coming back…sweet dreams from me to you…
Assaulting the common place…
My new favorite TV show is White Collar. Introduced to it by my friend at Christmas we spent a whole night (from sun down until sun up) glued to the TV watching episode after episode. I’ve since finished season’s 1 & 2…brilliant…perfect combo of mystery, adventure, romance, crime, justice, friendships and suspense….http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1358522/
In one episode the main character Neil was being given a really expensive suit by his boss. At first he protested a little bit saying it was too fancy, too much, too expensive etc. To which his boss said ‘Neil it is up to us to assault the common place’. Now he was referring to their sense of fashion but the phrase ‘assault the common place’ really grabbed my attention and resonated with my spirit.
As Christians it is up to us to assault the common place with the higher place. To assault what the enemy has tried to pass as normal and acceptable with Kingdom values and truths. I think Romans 12:1-2 in the message sums it up nicely:
‘So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.’
Now as much as ‘assaulting the common place with the high place’ makes a nice saying and looks good as a Facebook status it’s a little bit different to know what this is meant to look like. As I pondered this an example came to mind. Next week in our church is our self-denial appeal. It’s a Sunday where we’re challenged to sacrifice one week’s salary that will go towards funding missionary projects overseas. In a world in financial crisis where people are losing jobs and businesses are closing down, it doesn’t make sense to give away a whole week’s salary. God’s kingdom however, operates a little differently. By stepping out in faith we bodily declare that despite how things look in the physical we stand strong on the Word of God and declare that God is our provider and that it is better to give than to receive.
I am extending a challenge- as we grow with God and gain insight and direction from His Word may we begin to assault the common place with the higher place!
Ps. Favorite song of the week: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNzO6LCyiIY
Living In The Slipstream
I attended a church service recently where the preacher mentioned a concept she termed the ‘slipstream of Grace’. The term captured my heart with the depth of truth that it held.
A slip stream is the region behind a moving object in which a wake of fluid, air or water is moving at a comparable speed. An object caught in the slip stream behind another object experiences less pressure and requires less power to maintain its course. While physics is not my strong point I can’t help but see the parallel to this phenomenon and our walk with Christ. The scriptures say ‘I this live you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world’ (John 16:32-33). When we step into the slipstream of God’s grace we enter into a place of rest and ease. While the troubles, trials and stressors of life still occur, the pressure is not as strong and we required less power to keep on keeping on.
To step into the slipstream we need to acknowledge that in our own strength we can accomplish nothing but through Christ all things are possible. We need to know that He has plans for us and that those plans are for good and not for evil. To stay living in the slip stream we must trust that He has gone before us and prepared the way. That He is our provider, our ever present help in times of trouble. That He is the healer of our diseases, forgiver of our sins, deliver, Savior and friend.
I praise God that even though His grace is undeserved (by me especially), that it is freely given!
#Living in the Slipstream of Grace.