THE RISK OF BEING GODLY

To live a godly life, may sound like a serene and possibly dull existence. It may appear that way from a distance. This is much like looking at a snow-covered mountain from a peaceful valley on a sunny day. You only need to start climbing to discover how rugged and harsh the beautiful mountain is. To get close to the mountain and begin your ascent is increasingly physical and emotional. It is full of risk and careful discernment.

We are called to climb higher and stretch to the limits of our love for God and man.

C.S. Lewis said,

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket—safe, dark, motionless, airless—it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, and irredeemable.[1]

In Jesus’ humanness we discover a pattern for how we may love—starting with a childlike heart for Abba. The purity of Jesus’ love is fatal to our unregenerate self. Once we have become infected, we will surely die. In our death, we find ourselves waking to something new and inexplicably more than anything found in our previous existence. Outwardly wasting away and inwardly coming to life…

The older I get, the more fully emotionally I hope to be. I want to cry more and laugh more. I want to learn how to be angry without sin and empathize more. I expect to be discouraged and to take hope. More loving and less afraid…

Jesus' emotions are like a mountain river, cascading with clear water. My emotions are more like a muddy foam or feeble trickle. Jesus invites us to come to him and drink. Whoever is thirsty and believes in him will have the river of his life flowing out from the innermost being (John 7:37-38). We are not to be merely spellbound by what we see in the emotional Jesus; we are to be unbound by his Spirit so that his life becomes our life, his emotions our emotions, to be "transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory."[2]





[1] C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

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