Thursday, July 07, 2011

Fish Out of Water

Trying to live apart from the Holy Spirit is like a goldfish trying to survive outside water.  We may look alive.  We may flop around a lot and move our mouths, making strange gasping noises now and then, but we will never know what it means to really live.  To glide free, breathe, and live effortlessly in the liquid life of grace.  Too often, I fear, we Christians settle for this fish-out-of-water kind of existence.  "Well, I'm just a sinner saved by grace," we gasp, as though that somehow excuses and explains away our spastic, flip-floppy behavior--almost holy one moment, completely unholy the next.  

As though Christ's coming and dying did nothing more than secure for us a place in heaven.

As though spiritual mediocrity is the best we can hope for here on earth.

As though God created us to be captives even though everything in the Bible says we've already been set free.

-Joanna Weaver, Having a Mary Spirit

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