I was one of those cautious kids. While my brother and his friends were out exploring the woods near our neighborhood, I played it safe at home. Granted, I was too young to go with him at the time, but even when I got older, I had a knack for seeing the danger in any given situation and taking the easier, safer route. Looking back, I can see that had a profound affect on my life. I preferred the low risk, low reward alternative. I had big dreams and big fears, and more often than not, I let the fear make the decision.
Fear of pain.
Fear of failure.
Fear of success.
Too often we assume that God wants us to live a good, safe life. We aim to be content. We settle for just enough. We strive for mediocre. We live our lives under the radar, doing just enough to get by, but not enough to really make a difference.
We made an attempt at our dreams once, but it didn't work.
We volunteer every now and then.
We help someone in need when it is convenient.
We donate on occasion.
We pray when we need to.
We experience God once in a while.
Why is that acceptable? Why is that the norm?
God didn't humble himself, and take on human form so that we could live a good, safe life. He came, he suffered, he died, and he conquered death so that we could have an abundant, full life. He has gifted us with vast amounts of potential, and purpose. God wants to use every ounce of our potential to accomplish His purpose.
We don't have to live a life governed by the law of mediocrity. We don't have to go through life keeping our head just above the surface, working hard enough to not drown, but scared to get up on top of the water.
We unconsciously make rules for our lives. We decide what we can succeed at, and at what we will likely fail.
wants us needs us to live a lawless life.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
There is no law against loving too much. There is no law against having too much joy in our lives. There is no law against peace. There is no law against showing patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and gentleness to our neighbors. There is no law against having too much self-control.
So how do we get more of these things? How do we live a lawless life?
We tap into the source; the Holy Spirit. We tap into the source, and from out of the source will flow love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Join us for the next 3 Sundays as Blake talks about tapping into the source, connecting with out Creator, and living a lawless, abundant life.