Embrace the Tension

by Lee Buford on September 27, 2011

I find there to be a consistent tension in my walk with Christ…a tension between what He’s done and what I’m supposed to be doing. And this tension, I’m learning, is a good thing.

If you’re like me you’re not a big fan of change. Most of us aren’t. But following Christ necessitates movement and change in our lives. There’s the “doing” that must be done…not because of anything I’m worthy or capable of, but because of what He’s already done. He’s already redeemed me from myself and from His eternal wrath. He’s placed within me the very Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. And He’s commanded me to do something with it…to love Him, to love others, and to go make disciples.

And, if you’re a Christian, He’s done the same for you.

So what exactly does that look like? What does that mean for me, you, and all of us? Therein is where the tension lies. Therein is where God equips, gifts, and calls each of us according to His good purposes. Therein we must wrestle with the tension, seeking first to honor God and His kingdom while resisting our own prideful desires and self-gratification.

It means something different for each of us, but it doesn’t mean standing still for any of us. Jesus’ earthly ministry was about changing lives, and so were those of His disciples. Likewise, so ought to be mine. And so ought to be yours.

Embrace the tension. It’s not going away.

Because He has done, we are to do. We ought to be content in all things, trusting in His sovereignty, purposes, and grace. But we ought not to be complacent in anything. What He’s done necessitates some measure of our doing. It’s our only proper response. Let’s not sit idly by and watch, but rather let’s go forth in obedience and eagerness, committed to doing the work we’ve been called to do.

In this we fulfill our purpose. In this we find the joy for which our personal tensions exist.

In this He is glorified.


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