A Source of Resiliency
2023 Year End Letter
Resiliency! The ability to bounce back after being knocked flat seems to be the emphasis and gift we here at Lifechangers would like to give each of you this Christmas season. Judith plays the hymn “Immanuel” for us on the piano. God with us, serves as our source of reality. His Life provides the maturity and vision serving to keep us resilient regardless of the pressure. We are learning to calculate the sheer joy and wisdom of God the Father coming to us in incarnational reality.
God, as our Creator and Father, took the initiative to enter the world of human failure. He reconciled the world to Himself by His sovereign act, apart from man’s participation. This demonstration of Agape care and Fatherly intention imparts courage to us. Our fears and failures paralyze our confidence. His redemption provides the insight and courage for us to see, hear, and receive his invitation to participate in spiritual reality.
Christ’s sovereign redemptive act anticipates considered response. The gospel consists of two parts, not one! They are Christ’s redemptive act “reconciling the world to God the Father” and the balanced response of “reconciling ourselves to God” (2 Cor. 5:18-20). Reconciliation apart from the balancing factor of embracing accountability results in an eros presupposition governing in place of the Kingdom mandate. He redeemed us on Father’s behalf, in order that “we should no longer live for ourselves” (2 Cor. 5:15). We have received an invitation into the shared life of Father, Son, and Spirit.
Below are five issues presenting themselves, probing for clarification and embrace. They are proving to be intimate sources of resiliency in my life:
- Becoming more relational with those for whom we are responsible. When we speak “incarnationally,” it becomes an authentic spiritual challenge. Both we and those to whom we share can hear God’s voice.
- Restoring the intended function of Scripture. Scripture is not the mind of Christ but was birthed intentionally to take us to the living mind of Christ. “You search Scripture, but you will not come to Me” (John 5:39,40 Message). Attempts to displace the responsibility of embracing Christ as a Person complicate everything and everyone. Human crises require a people who have the mind of Christ.
- Allowing Kingdom purpose to yield human responsibility. When we choose to put “Kingdom first,” human responsibility increases. Failure or refusal to do what we instinctively know is our responsibility creates concealed damage. The goal of learning to “cross the street by myself” rests in our embrace of responsibility.
- Embracing the spiritual as reality. Our propensity toward Illusion is stated very clearly in Scripture. Often, God the Father must break that Illusion for our sake and for His own. Wood, hay, and stubble are exchanged for gold, silver, and precious stones.
- Being governed by one word. “For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Gal. 5:14). Ten commands with 613 applications are all fulfilled by Agape. The fact that God is Agape makes all human failure to be The receiving of and response to reconciliation is key.
These factors are, in essence, incarnational. Father’s act of reconciliation is the guarantee of safety, identity, and belonging that awaits us when we embrace Christ’s Kingdom offer. His life in us provides the ability to rebound, follow, and preserve freedom.
Our journey together, for this coming year will involve greater clarity and important application of the meaning for us to be “incarnationally” mature. May we enjoy the biblical form of resiliency for ourselves and others!
Words fall short to express our gratitude for your support in 2023, and we are looking with great expectation to 2024! Lifechangers, in our 50+ years of the call to “feed God’s people,” seeks not to deviate from emphasis on Christ’s purpose of revealing His Father with incarnational love and accuracy. “If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father!” Political and social issues, however urgent and complex must, remain subservient to the primacy of the Kingdom. Such an emphasis has not been easy! We must “grow up,” asking the Lord how to approach increasingly complex social and religious complications.
As we navigate these waters, there is a tangible excitement knowing the best is ahead. We need your support to continue to cultivate and expand Kingdom themes. Please consider Lifechangers in your financial planning and giving for 2023 year-end and 2024. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Christ-filled start to your new year.