Welcome to the real world and the crushing reality that I, in and of my previously SELF- focused ego, with my SELF-interest based ethic can do nothing without the strength, the patience, the perseverance, the guidance, even the very breath that Christ alone brings. It was a jarring moment. From that quiet, gentle starting point at the altar, “God’s BEST has been given to you,” the following three days were a crash course in dissembling and reconstructing my identity away from my doing life to Christ Being Life In Me. It would take years to fully reorient all aspects of a life spent endeavoring to “have it all.” But when it came, my correspondence signature had changed. It now reads, “Experiencing God’s BEST daily!” Truly, God has given his BEST at the cross for me and through Christ, I have received the BEST of life that Is the Presence of the Holy Spirit.
A worship lesson from Luke 15: 11-32-