(Guest Post from Zac Toth, Worship Director at The Caledonia Gathering)
There’s this transitional phrase I like to use a lot in my life: “But I”.
I really need to go to the gym, but I am so tired.
I need to start paying off my student loans, but I really want this thing.
I need to eat better, but I am starving.
We start seeing this pattern: expectation but reality. Maybe these aren’t issues for you. Maybe it’s…
I love my family, but I feel so much more desired by her.
I know it’s not good for me, but I love the pleasure it brings me.
Sometimes the reality is so strong that the expectation doesn’t even enter our minds. Sometimes (waaaay more often than not) I come home from work so tired that the thought of going to the gym doesn’t even cross my mind. Sometimes, around lunch, I’ll pass by a McDonalds and my hunger overwhelms me to the point where I don’t even consider a healthy option. Sometimes the pleasure of something is so great that we don’t even realize how we are hurting others by acting on the desire.
We see a similar pattern throughout the bible. We have these expectations of who we are as humans and then we have the reality of who we are as children of God.
I was lost but God found me.
I was blind but God gave me sight.
I was dead but God gave me life.
We, as humans, are expected to be lost, blind, and dead, BUT GOD love us so much that He is constantly seeking us, healing us, and giving us life. Our natural punishment to sin is death But God provided His son to take our place.
Our reality is so much better than our expectations.
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience — among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.”