A Walking Irony

Published on Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:36
Vicars blog

During London’s March snowfall it was amusing to spot the irony of a palm tree standing proud above the increasing inches of white. There are ironies in our own lives: constantly rushing around when we spend much time dreaming of peace and relaxation; trying to resist eating the things we love the most; shaking heads at the amount of time people spend on social media. When someone has their identity in being a follower of Jesus Christ, they become a walking irony: a body in decay with an inner being which is being shaped for eternity (see 2 Corinthians 4:16). That palm tree looks better now that the sun is stronger but of course, the snow was completely gone in a couple of days. How can we have similar strength and not be caught by the choke-hold of materialism, or the desire for power? The answer lies in getting our inputs right: being strengthened by the things which are good for us. Jesus said that people cannot live just by consuming food (Luke 4:4). What is also needed is to be ‘digesting’ God’s words. A daily diet of time spent reading the Bible is the way forward. See 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

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