~ In reality the Christian life is not a series of rules and regulations. Our example, Jesus Christ, didn’t follow any such formula in His ‘work-life balance’. In fact, His life seems to be a “collection of contradictions” as one poet puts it. For instance, on the one hand, when His family thought He was mad and came to take Him home (Mark 3:21), Jesus asked, "Who are my mother and my brothers?" (Mark 3:33). Yet, on the other hand, when dying on the cross for the sins of the world, He was thinking of His mother’s welfare (John 19:26-27). On another occasion, Jesus taught that disciples are not worthy of Him if they love their family more than Him (Matt 10:37). Yet when the Pharisees neglected their family for the sake of their service to God, He rebuked them for dishonouring their parents, nullifying the word of God and following human rules (Matt 15:3-9). And, of course, that is the point. Jesus didn’t follow human rules. He fulfilled the will of His Father which is neither legalistic nor formulaic. Formulas are for infants. ~
from Pastor Robert Fergusson
Life should be a beautiful walk of grace empowered by the Holy Spirit and not of guilt.
It was my sister's birthday last week and part of her gift was a evening at her favourite burger spot, Royale. They make the best burgers and sweet potato chips in Cape Town. Delicious!
This is us afterwards... maybe I can blame this on too many carbs... maybe not.
More burgers this week at a friend's Drummies fundraiser at the Spur... wish I had a picture of the lovely Jenna rather but she was running about being a waitress for the evening. It was packed and super festive to say the least!
This way of seeing our Father in everything
makes life one long thanksgiving and gives a rest of heart, and, more than
that, a gayety of spirit, that is unspeakable. Some one says, "God's will
on earth is always joy, always tranquility." And since He must have His
own way concerning His children, into what wonderful green pastures of inward
rest, and beside what blessedly still waters of inward refreshment is the soul
led that learns this secret. If the will of God is our will, and if He always
has His way, then we always have our way also, and we reign in a perpetual
kingdom. He who sides with God cannot fail to win in every encounter; and,
whether the result shall be joy or sorrow, failure or success, death or life,
we may, under all circumstances, join in the Apostle's shout of victory,
"Thanks be unto God which always causeth us to triumph in Christ!"