You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”
The restless nature of our soul is a direct result of the duality of our emerging identity in Christ.
As we leave our “old’ self behind… the new and redemptive heart leaps forward to embrace all that should be. We start to sense all that can be, and soaring ever upward with the new-found power of a Holy Spirit, we taste the ‘good’ and long for the pure and true things of God. These delightful and treasured moments leave a lingering ‘afterglow’… a residue of God in our battered minds and hearts.
We crave the presence of God now… looking for more, longing to repeat the experience. It’s this deep transformational compulsion that begins to war against our oldest instincts. The old – and new – locked in an ancient yet intimate conflict of wills. Good and Evil ripping up the old establishment that was our comfy space.
This is the state of our souls in between. In – between the converted and the completed.
For Christians, this dichotomy of life and thinking, and living is our journey of becoming. Our battlefield of the mind and heart and the context for St. Paul’s writings in Romans.
If this feels familiar, you’re in good … even grand company.
Romans 7 and 8 focus our attention on the forces at work within and around our lives. It’s helpful to have context for the daily effort it takes to follow Christ all over again.
Let’s not grow weary in doing good…
Peace out; Pastor B.
Extra Reading resources. (Ligonier Ministries)