Wednesday, 20 November 2013

The Resistance

We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.                          –CS Lewis (from ‘The Weight of Glory’)

 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. -James 4:7

 Jesus was the ultimate iconoclast; he was rude to religious leaders and treated whores with respect. He was born like most people. He was ordinary and unmajestic in human flesh, wasn't wealthy by any standards, had no names to drop, no elbows to rub. He was Mary's boy and James' brother, a carpenter, a teacher, a friend. He had no car, bike and travelled everywhere on foot. Jesus' ministry lasted 3 years and when he died in his early thirties, he had no army to champion his cause except for the simple fishermen, commoners and outcasts he spent his time with. Yet his message  grew outlasting empires, dynasties, wars, revolutions, nations. Today Jesus is known all over the world. 3 years. Today on my way back from work, I found myself wondering about my countrymen and why Nigerians are called some of the "happiest" people in the world.
Are we really happy or are we just desensitized?

I'm over at Learning to Breathe today sharing my heart about Nehemiah Prayermobs. Come read, please? Click here to read the full article.

2 comments:

  1. I was just thinking about the pursuit of "success" after someone tweeted something to me about seeking fruitful lives. So often we define our fruitfulness by the material things. A house, car, job, spouse and kids. Forgetting that Jesus, the one whose steps we follow was a carpenter with no kids, home or 'high flying job'. What am I running towards? What is my joy really based on?
    Thanks for sharing . p.s. how come when I type in "sheisoutofcontrol.com" I get an error 404?

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    1. Ah I have no idea! Will have to fix that asap. Thanks for letting me know!

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