The Chair and the Desk, 10/13/15

From the chair:

“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

-Luke 6:32

As I’ve thought about this verse throughout the morning, many implications have arisen: Are we generous with our money? When people come over, am I generous with food? Am I generous with praise, with disclosing myself in relationships, with volunteering? The most convicting implication has to do with my time. Will I always give people the time they scheduled or that I think they deserve or that I think social etiquette requires? What would it look like to give good time, pressed down, shaken together, running over to whoever wants it? That’s the kind of time I want measured back to me, with other people and with our God.

From the desk:

“ matter what the logic of the Christian faith, actual belief in the resurrection is a matter of faith and not of arguments from possibility or evidence. Why some believe and others do not is impossible for the Christian to explain. Like many a pilgrim, Christians may find themselves strangely on both sides at the same time. All they can do then is to recall that the logic of their faith makes it rationally impossible for them not to believe.” 

-Hans Frei, The Identity of Jesus Christ, 2013 ePub ed., p.187

In graduate school, I’ve come to believe that it is at least no less rational to believe in God, revelation, the incarnation, the resurrection, and the Spirit than to disbelieve the whole lot. In fact, for me, my mind cannot not believe. That’s not to say that I think those who do not believe aren’t thinking well; it’s just that the more I read, think, and pray, the more sure I am that I am following a crucified and raised Lord.

“The chair” is the one Annie aptly chose for the corner of our living room, and it’s where I am committed to daily hearing from God’s Word–the Word I above all else hope to speak to others. “The desk” is the one by my coffee grounds and spare charger (if I get to the library early enough); it’s where I have the privilege of reading and thinking all day, where I intend to learn for others’ sake.

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