I Say the Stupidest Things

Mr. Young should be paid commission for all the awesome blog titles concealed within his song lyrics. (Which is a way cooler way than MLA to credit him with the title of this blog. Just saying.)

So I was rereading some of The Chronicles of Narnia, and I was especially excited to read my favorite one, The Silver Chair. Marshwiggles, giant man-eaters, adventure, and uber delicious descriptions of tasty feasts abound. What more do you want?

Another amazing thing is that I think it’s safe to say that this book is one of the three that have the most pronounced similarities between Aslan and Jesus. And this particular book, which has always been my favorite for various reasons, is exactly what I needed to read this week. Without giving too much away, at one point one of the characters is petrified because they might die after obeying Aslan. Another character replies with something along the lines of, “But that’s not really the point, is it? Aslan didn’t say what would happen as a result of us obeying him, but that’s not the point. He’s our lord, so we obey him simply because he told us to do something, whether we live or die.” And I realized I’d kind of forgotten that. I always want to know why, or how, especially now that I’m living on my own and have to sort out my own stuff. I want a plan. And while it’s not wrong to plan, planning should never take priority over Jesus’ commands. Jesus didn’t say, for example, “Forgive those who sin against you, except when they kill your brother, in which case feel free to stone them.” He didn’t say, “Do not worry about what you will eat or drink, except when it’s winter and you have a dollar/rand left.” We won’t always understand his commands, but that’s not the point. Our comfort, happiness, security…none of these is the point. It’s great when it happens, and it’s great when God sends us all these blessings, but we should never take them for granted.

This is a quote from a very amazing book, Come Away, My Beloved by Frances J. Roberts: “‘See,’ you say, ‘we shall pray,’ while prayer is farthest from your heart….Prayer is for those who earnestly seek Me; not for those with only a pretend piety, who, with selfish and unworthy motives and hearts made fat with self-adulation, are only playing with Me as a child would manipulate a puppet on a string!…You would make Christianity pleasant and acceptable. Your Savior did not find it so. You would make it comfortable and accommodating to your own schedule…”

We all hear very frequently that it’s not about our actions, it’s about our motives. But there comes a point where you realize the gravity and implications of that statement. You CAN’T change your motives. They’re in your heart. They’re stapled, superglued, tied, chemically bonded, to your very nature. You could almost say they are your nature, or a very big part of it. God is the only one who can transform us at that level, and yeah, it freaking hurts. Nothing is ever refined in fire without being there for a long time while the impurities are physically burned away. {Please don’t go make an actual bonfire and toss yourself in.} But to be completely available for God’s use and to be someone who walks with him, we have to throw ourselves into God’s fire…and, as a pastor said, it’s a hell of a lot better to throw yourself in than to be thrown in.

Jesus also said, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” (John 14:15). It’s actually pretty simple, right? Do you love Jesus or not?

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