Warning – it’s been a while since I rambled on and on…so, for those 2 of you who might have been missing it…here’s a rambling from CAK:
This morning I read the Celtic Prayer Book – a few thoughts from Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  It made me think a lot…made me re-evaluate the areas in my life that aren’t open to God working IN me, but maybe instead me trying to impress God.  It coincides with the other thought that’s been swirling in my brain since attending the last Worship and the Word Movement gathering – Dwight Robertson reminded us that the best gift we can give anyone is our intimacy with our Heavenly Father.  Out of the personal and intimate relationship we have with Him, comes the genuine gift – Heaven can come screaming through God’s child who seeks that intimate relationship with Him.   Then it’s not about inventing ways to express God, rather, God becomes a natural expression through you.  Then, yesterday, Easter services, another reminder – do people comment:  “Man, you’ve really been hanging around God lately!”  as a result of the way you are acting?  Again – this all an expression of you allowing God to work in you – not by you doing things to impress God. So, this may or may not impact you the same, but here you go…I added the scripture readings for you as it adds context to Dietrich’s thoughts….
(Taken from Celtic Daily Prayer Book – Aidan Readings, April 9th)
Scripture Readings: 
Psalm 46:4-6 
   River fountains splash joy, cooling God’s city,
      this sacred haunt of the Most High.
   God lives here, the streets are safe,
      God at your service from crack of dawn.
   Godless nations rant and rave, kings and kingdoms threaten,
      but Earth does anything he says.
Daniel 2:44-45   
 “But throughout the history of these kingdoms, the God of heaven will be building a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will this kingdom ever fall under the domination of another. In the end it will crush the other kingdoms and finish them off and come through it all standing strong and eternal. It will be like the stone cut from the mountain by the invisible hand that crushed the iron, the bronze, the ceramic, the silver, and the gold.    “The great God has let the king know what will happen in the years to come. This is an accurate telling of the dream, and the interpretation is also accurate.”  
Romans 8:18
 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
Thoughts from Dietrich Bonhoeffer:
Perhaps we should place the sign on the wall somewhere in our homes:
Church life may be hazardous to your health.
The Lord knows something we don’t:  The Fall has left ALL of us in dire straights.  Most of us are either extremely sinful or extremely religious. Or both!  And further, I suspect that neither one of those states pleases God more than the other.  Neither impresses Him.  What HE does in us impresses Him!
In the quarry which is Earth, each stone was in a different stage of completion.  A rough stone was just being pulled free of the mother mountain.
(Dietrich Bonhoeffer – 1906 -1945, Dietrich was hanged in Flossenburg concentration camp three weeks before Hitler’s suicide and the end of the Second World War.  He was a pacifist who saw firsthand the evils of racism.  Perhaps he died because of his political convictions and not as a Christian martyr, but he would have said that there was no distinction between the two.)

About cakboliv

Born in Cochabamba, Bolivia to wonderful missionary parents, Howard and Maxine Morarie. Grew up in Bolivia, both in a remote jungle village

2 responses »

  1. Awesome. It’s pretty humbling to think of how convicted, how sold out, someone can be even when faced with that kind of ugliness. Our troubles are small, by comparison, and yet we have a hard time allowing God to really work in us. Thanks for posting that. It really resonated today!

  2. Jeanie says:

    I didn’t know the quote, “Warning: Church life may be hazardous to your health,” came from Bonhoeffer, but it is one of my favorites, oddly enough. I think it is a reminder to live in the church, but put your trust in God! Ha!

    But on the topic of impresing God – you know, of course, how God has been shaking me up in this area. Everytime my walk with God feels like I am pushing against something unmoveable, everytime it gets cloudy and hard and my life becomes joyless, I see I am right back into striving, proving, pushing and performing to try to get the favor of the Lord He has already given. It is especially seductive in ministry because we are doing ministry for God, but our works become mixed with our own talents and abilities and ambitions and then we are furiously doing work FOR the Lord instead of letting Him do His work through us.

    Aaaarrrgggghhhhh – this is the sigh of my disgust at how many times I return to this needless and tiring attempt to show God how much I can do FOR him. Yikes.

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