June 27, 2016

Inoculated with Rhetoric

As many of you reading this may know, I am currently on the other side of the world from my small hometown in West Virginia. Instead of enjoying summer poolside with strawberry and mint infused water and glistening skin from tanning oil I am currently curled up in a sweatshirt and sweatpants drinking my hot peppermint tea. {:It's winter here so soak up some extra rays for me okay?:}

The short answer to "how in the world did you find yourself living on the other side of the world?" is God. The longer answer is, well too long for this post, but you can read about it here or here. Basically, I am here at Hillsong Leadership College to learn about Jesus, myself, and ministry.

Which means I hear about the Bible, Jesus, and God's goodness and love, a lot. A LOT.

I was reading a book today, and it had the verse that even non-believers can quote on command within its pages. It was John 3:16.

You are all saying it in your head right now aren't you? And you are probably saying it in the same sing-song manner you learned it in, in Sunday school many moons ago. Am I right?

Maybe the fact that this is the world's most known and recited verse is actually divinely inspired, but our ears have become far to use to the religious rhetoric we hear week in and week out that we have become inoculated to the power of Truth.

Take a second and declutter your heart from anything you have ever heard about this verse - any message, any song, any Sunday school dance that went with it and open the eyes of you heart to read this phrase...

"For God so loved..."
God so, loves you! God doesn't feel about you the way you feel about yourself. His love for you doesn't wax and wane with whether you are wearing your "skinny" jeans or PMS jeans. He does not love you any more today when you totally fell of the healthy eating train than when you ran a tight, healthy, food ship yesterday. He won't love you tomorrow any more when you get the kids fed, bathed, and in bed at a proper time. God simply loves you. Period.

If we soaked in this truth at the outset of each day and chose to live a life from the stance of "I am loved" it could potentially change everything. It could change the way we treat others. It could change the way we treat ourselves. It could change the way we work and the way we serve. It could be the difference from living from approval and living for approval.

We told everyone how much we loved our tacos that we had at Mexican last night, but when was the last time you gushed about how much God loves you? It could change everything - maybe that's why it's the verse God has chosen to mark Christianity with.

What are you allowing to mark you today?

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