Sunday, 7 April 2019

Stilton or Edam?

Do you yearn for more?

Are you satisfied?
Do you sometimes feel like you've lost the sense of Gods divine dance, passion and belief?
Do you sometimes feel like the religion you ascribe to, is not the same as you saw Jesus demonstrating?
or do you even feel like you are burned out on religion?

I love how the message reminds us that our faith journey is not about religion, or even religious observance, if about walking close to Jesus.

Matthew 11:28-30 The Message (MSG)28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”  I especially love this last part of the text.
Growing in our faith journey, and relationship is like a really good cheese, it takes time to mature to be the best, and needs to be in the right environment.  The trouble is all to often, we, I want it to be a quick fix, or easier to attain to, let alone placing myself into the right environments to grow and flourish.

I often end up with Edam,
rather than Stilton! Yet I sing and say I long to be the best that Jesus wanted me to be.  To achieve life in all its fullness.

I've been blown away in recent days, by the exploration of faith I've seen in one of my children. Hungry, desperate and even relentless in his pursuit of finding out what Jesus wants for his life.  Committed to finding a different way of being.  Last evening, all he could talk about was the bible reading for the day, the mentoring session he had gone through and the 'overwhelming physical experience of the Holy Spirit he had encountered'.  Hes learning that the best way to life is to 'keep company with Jesus'.

I wonder, as I have reflected on his own pursuit?
Are we all to often worried about keeping company with the religious organisation rather than the 'author or our faith?'
How do we reconcile these?

Have we at times fallen into the trap of doing rather than being, what we believe?
And is there a danger that we fall into the functionality of our faith rather the living out of our 'Rolemodel, Jesus?'

I cant help but think we need to push out deeper into faith and closer into the heart of Jesus.

Who loved the unloveable, ate and sat with the 'lost and hopeless'.
I cant help but think we need to reclaim the reason for our living.
Love God and love our neighbour.
To love the sinner and not the sin

Isaiah 61 (NIV) The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.   He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3  and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty  instead of ashes, the oil of joy    instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendour.

Is it time for us once more to seek the Lord, whilst he may be found and to lay down our religious garments, outdated modes, and old ways of thinking?
Is it time once more to set out into the deep waters of faith with our Creator God?
To pioneer a new way?
There is so much more......
But we have to step out of our safe places to the unchartered waters.

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men and women to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”

For too long Ive eaten mild rubbery Edam, I long for the mature, the flavoursome Stilton!

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