Shame Interrupted


"We hear the Lord say it will only be a very little while until "the coming one will come and will not delay" (Hebrews 10:37). And we keep at it until we, along with all the saints, "wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ" (I Corinthians 1:7). We do battle with present shame by remembering the end of our story.
Identify shame, hear God's words and believe them, take a journey past death into eternity itself until your soul is full and you are confident that joy has the last word. Then come back to the challenges of today. It sounds like one big loop, but once you get back to everyday life, everything looks different after you've had a glimpse of heaven. You know who wins.
Everyday life now has meaning, even in the details. When you believe what God has said rather than lies, you are doing valuable work. When you choose hope over despair, your choice has lasting significance. When you get out of bed and persevere in ordinary obedience because you are representing the King, your labor is noticed even by heavenly beings (Ephesians 3:10). When you pursue holiness because you are holy, you find  honor that lasts.
Today. This is where the action is. How will you live as a chosen member of a holy nation? It can be summarized as faith expressing itself in love (Galatians 5:6), though you will bring your own personal touch to the details. Just start where you are. Every single response you make to Jesus Christ, from hearing an believing to public declarations, has lasting value. No longer is your life "in vain."

'Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.' I Corinthians 15:58

And whenever possible, insert "Help" and "Thank you.""

Excerpt from Shame Interrupted by: Edward T. Welch


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