Out of 61 posts that I have made so far on this blog, yesterday’s post Tolerance versus Grace is the first one that I’ve actually considered deleting after publishing it. Not because I don’t feel strongly about everything I wrote and not because I think that there isn’t any truth to what I said, but because I’m not sure if I clearly said what was in my heart to say. (Well, and also because I felt like my motives were questioned earlier today (not by you MK – don’t worry!) and it seemed to be implied that I was being self-righteous. Ahem.)
But rather than deleting the post, I decided to try again to explain myself and if I don’t get it right this time…well then I’ll just shut up and wait for something else to write about. Fair enough?
Here’s the thing…God is incredible. Have I mentioned that already? Well, He is. I am still very much a work in progress, but what He has done with me so far is nothing less than miraculous. He’s taken a shy, self-conscious, scaredy-cat nobody and He’s given me a voice, and a purpose, and authority in His name and He has loved me with a love that is beyond my ability to comprehend. He is glorious and almighty. There is none like Him. And I want the world to know it.
He is more than worthy of our time.
He is more than worthy of our effort.
He is more than worthy of our worship.
He is not bound by our denominations or traditions.
He is not obligated to fit Himself into our worship line-up at church.
He doesn’t just “show up”…His presence is constant.
He is nothing less than everything He says He is.
And it should be the utmost desire of our hearts to live into everything He’s called us to be.
And it makes me sad to the core when I see tradition or timidity or tolerance chosen over Him.
Because I used to do that all the time…and still do if I’m not careful.
But He has changed me. I know with all my heart that He has changed me.
And I am free.
But if I don’t keep myself in check, if I am not held accountable to that freedom…
I will ~ without even realizing it ~ continue to carry my chains.
And although only I can choose to put them down,
sometimes I may need to be made aware of their presence.