Too often, Jesus and the Christian walk are associated with rules, judgment and legalism. This is because it has always been easier to wield control and judgment than it has been to trust in the balance of a Spirit-led life, rooted evenly in freedom and overflow.
The result of life incoming is, well… life overflowing. Devotion and DNA rather than adherence and acquiescence.
Life-giving sustenance is found in soil. It’s why we don’t throw seeds at brick walls. And in the soil of your life and mine there is no greater sustenance than to find Jesus worked through the soil, right there in with the profound and the broken, the beauty and the baggage.
There in the dirt, dust and nutrients of your life… the history, the stories that make you laugh and make you cry and make you want to call someone or wish they were still around… when He lives there also, invited in by you… He breathes life incoming that results in life overflowing.
A little less anger, a bit more trust.
A bit more hope, and a tad less fear.
Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent on the Christian calendar. Millions of people the world over embark on several weeks of some form of self restraint in observation of the weeks leading up to Easter.
If this is you, or even if this is not, consider this… restraint is not about making yourself holier, better, or more Christian.
It is about making-room-for.
About moving a bit of soil around so that Jesus has room to exist, work, and sustain. A little less of me, a little more of Him.
Trusting a little less in that man-made fertilizer we use to make our lives “better”… and trusting a bit more in the supernatural space that is created when we embrace the gift of limits for ourselves.
Again… in the soil of your life and mine there is no greater sustenance than to find Jesus worked through the soil, right there in with the profound and the broken, the beauty and the baggage.
This Lenten season, may you find Him there.. may your roots go down deep, rooted in Him where He breathes life into you, in new and powerful ways.