Our Culture—Goliath of our Time
“Peace I leave with you: my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” John 14:27.
Much like David’s experience, a New Testament Christian does not exist in an environment of affirmation. Instead, you and I are designated by the Bible as strangers deployed in a foreign land that is openly hostile to our faith and seeks to tear it to pieces. That may not be the way we want it to be, but that is the way it is.
For you and me, the stark bottom line is that God’s sons should expect harsh treatment in this life, not be surprised when it comes, and rejoice that we are considered worthy of the same experience as our Savior. A worldly man does not get this but God’s man does, because he is, above all, a son of God and a brother in Jesus.
God does not ask you to take risks for Him without assurance or to believe in Him without real evidence. He indwells, inhabits, and infuses God’s Man with an inner witness that substantiates your commitment to Christ while compelling bold, seemingly incongruent stands for Christ. The most powerful witness of Jesus to us through the Holy Spirit comes in a hostile world.
It simply doesn’t make sense for the Comforter to bring comfort to the comfortable. For the sake of our discussion, it takes real courage to look for situations that create a “helicopter gut” visceral feeling in the pit of your stomach that is a combination of wonder and fear over a decision to do what God asks. We do things a little differently as God’s man. After all is said and done, we do it because He has given us the ability to do what He asks, and because of our intimate relationship with Him.
Father, you are worthy.