Our speaker yesterday during church made the comment about how God takes our heart of stone and turns it into a heart of flesh, a living breathing organism. That’s not a new thought to me, but I was struck by another thought (POW!) =).
God wants us to be vulnerable!
I look around me and see the American mindset, “I can do it myself. I don’t need anyone.” We revere impenetrable figures like Superman and the Hulk. We are fascinated by movies portraying invincible vampires and superhuman strength. We don’t like pain, it hurts us. And so we avoid it at all costs.
But that’s not what God wants. He wants us to be sensitive to those around us. He wants us to be tender to the touch of the Holy Spirit. He wants to use the pain in our lives to draw us closer to Him. You can bet that if you aren’t in a position to feel pain then you aren’t where the Lord wants you to be.
Sounds a little sadistic, doesn’t it. And I remind myself that that is the world’s mentality. I don’t want to be one of those weak wimpy Christians that caves at the suggestion of torture. I don’t want to be an ineffectual soldier that can’t take a blow from the flat of a sword. I want to be a Stephen who accepts the blows of the rocks being thrown at him and looks toward heaven crying for the forgiveness of his persecutors.
That sounds like it could hurt . . .