And do you search nice issues for your self? Don’t search them; for behold, I’ll deliver adversity on all flesh, says the Lord. However I’ll give your life to you as a prize all over the place, wherever you go. Jeremiah 45:5 (NKJV)
When you get into the true world, youll discover its not as simple as that. Youre in for a impolite awakening if you get out of right here and into actual life.
These are issues we’d say to college students whove by no means skilled life outdoors of college. However the reality is, commencement doesnt result in actual life as a result of we discover our actual life in Christ.
We change into actual, healed, full human beings once we join with Jesus via the Holy Spirit. Till then, had been nonetheless sending postcards from a fantasy life. Our maturity in Jesus brings us nearer and nearer to actual life, as established by God earlier than he set the foundations of the world.
Thomas Merton, the prayer-centered monk, spoke by way of life within the nasty-now-and-now being like an onion. God retains peeling away the layers till the true you is revealed.
In a way, God is explaining that when he says, I’ll deliver adversity on all flesh (Jeremiah 45:5 NKJV). He makes use of adversity in your life to scrape away the layers that cowl your actual life.
God says when he brings nice catastrophe upon you there will likely be no time to pack a bag full of ego, self-centeredness, lust, or materialism. Hell allow you to escape, however solely with the Jesus-clothes in your again.
What youre left with is your actual life in Jesus (Colossians 3:4). A life that’s full of Gods function and a life in alignment with Gods coronary heart and thoughts. On this actual life, we enter into the abundance of life promised by Jesus (John 10:10).
By Jon Walker
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