The Chair and the Desk, 2/10/16

From the chair:

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”

-Romans 8:9-11

It’s easy for me to see myself in Paul description of sin from Romans 7: “For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing…I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members anothe rlaw waging war against he law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.”

Thankfully, Romans 8 follows with profound hope. The power to fight back sin is in us, though it is not us. The Spirit who has power over death (he raised Jesus!) has equal power over sin, and we are not only “in the Spirit,” the Spirit “dwells in” us. That Spirit can give life to our sin- and death-ridden bodies. That Spirit is not us, but is in us. Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

From the desk:

“Good mission statements have negative power.”

-Pastor Matt Ristuccia

I didn’t make it to the desk today, but I did get to attend a mentoring group with our pastor, and one of the most memorable lessons from today was the good mission statements have “negative power.” That means that they can help us know what to say “no” to. I like the idea…now I just have to think about what it means for my life.

“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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