this but not that

The camps continue to beat their drums on our news feeds. “We stand for this” or “We would never stand for that.” It seems that absolutes are all the rage lately, it makes me want to push the mute button on the world.

I started thinking about Scripture’s view on the idea of “this, but not that” and I realized from the disciples’ view it was not the topic of the day, but the eternal perspective they took.

 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.  We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;  persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you ( 2 Corinthians 4:7-12).

Because of God’s amazing love and power through us, because of the death and resurrection of Christ, we are never as overwhelmed and overtaken as we could be without Him.

The disciples in the First Century Church endured beatings, stoning, getting arrested, flogging, Paul was shipwrecked, and ten of the twelve disciples were martyred for their faith in Jesus. They understood what really mattered- the ever-living-never-dying-soul of the men and women with whom they shared the Gospel.

My heart is pulled toward this truth, I want to talk with people about the God of the Universe who knows their name and loves them with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). I do not want to talk with them about politics, bathrooms, or good and bad parenting anymore.

Every day is one day closer to Christ’s return. I don’t want to waste my time on the things that will not matter on that day. I want to make sure the hurt, lost, and broken in this world know the amazing love of Jesus.

What about you? Are you going to spend your one and only life being about “this” or about “that”?



About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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