you have permission…

We live in Babylon. Society has lost its collective mind. 5-year-old children are being told they can choose their gender. They can’t tie their own shoes but they are discerning enough to choose if they are a boy or a girl? Babylon because we are being programmed by media that this is OK. We are told this is “normal” and it should be celebrated. We also live in Sodom. Yes, it is dark and messed up and lots of horrible things are happening but beyond that, things are pretty good. We have all these luxuries, all these comforts. We can “look past” all the horror and turn a deaf ear to it because we can find “life” here.

We are so easily fooled, so easily distracted. You have an enemy who is set on destroying everything and he is master at trapping us into lies.

This isn’t one of “those” posts where we shake our heads about just how bad society is. There is no solution in complaining about the obvious.

The question for anyone reading this is — “What are you going to do about it? What will you do to fill your soul with the only fuel that lasts … Jesus?”

As we said in the last post, a “little more Jesus” won’t cut it in a society like ours. We need all of Jesus into all of us. Into how we spend our day. How we invest these next 30 minutes. What call we will take. What committee we will resign from. What family trip to take. What conversation to have with our wife. Whether we should confront a friend or let it go. What person we should pick up the phone and encourage. Who we should speak to at Starbucks – who needs encouragement?

To navigate this world, I need to be immersed in Jesus. I might need to tear it all down – all the kingdom I’ve been building all my life. Am I willing to give it all up if He leads me there? Am I willing to be one of those “weird Jesus people” who do something like that? What if? What if He calls me out into the unknown? Will I go?

Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.  And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.”

Matthew 19:28-30

How do I start this? What will it take? It will take permission. You have permission. You here reading this right now, you have permission …

Permission to let it be okay that your time, energy, and resources are finite.

Permission to say “No”.

Permission to embrace the hidden years and your [secret life] with Christ.

Permission to embrace your limitations as kind and instructive guides.

Permission to say, “I just can’t do that”

Permission to know God is up to a deep, transforming work well below the waterline of your life that will, in time, reap huge rewards.

Permission to put first things first.

Permission to disappoint those who are not God’s mission or intention for you in this day or decade.

Ask the Father. Come up with your own [secret life] in Jesus. You don’t have to explain it to anyone. It doesn’t need to make sense to anyone other than you and Jesus. Ask Him what needs to go, what needs to be given up and what you need more of. Walk with Him. Talk with Him. Put Him out in front of your every decision. IMMERSE yourself in HIM. You will find true life there, not in the things of Sodom that look so appealing.

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