Mother’s Day Talk: "The Paradox of Our Christian Identity."
Our Christian life can also be a paradox – having two dimensions:
- On the one side is poverty of spirit, sense of need, fragility, personal guilt, sense of sin and suffering – what David Powlison calls ‘Faith in the Minor Key’.
- On the other side of the Christian life is vibrancy, boldness, strength, conviction, purpose, and vision – ‘Faith in the Major Key’.
We know some people who are too much on the fragile and discouraged side. We know other people who are too much on the strong and confident side. And yet, Jesus was both fragile and strong, and in just the right way.
And that’s what we’re meant to be, as we are united with Jesus in His death and resurrection life: We grieve over the brokenness in our lives, but we grieve with joy always, because we are in the gentle hands of a comforting God.
And we are exuberant and vibrantly bold, at the same time keenly sensitive to others who are suffering.
We do both, so that someone who’s struggling can walk in and be comfortable with us, and also someone who’s celebrating can walk in and be comfortable with us.
That’s what it means for us to live out our calling as being family members, called by God’s Spirit Himself.
Pic by Danny.