Midweek Wake-Up, January 31, 2018
Martial Artist, Bruce Lee apparently said at one point in his life “I fear not the man that has practiced 10,000 kicks once – I fear the man that has practiced one kick 10,000 times”. Someone so well versed in one kick, would be a very dangerous opponent.
I believe this is the essence of ‘preaching the gospel to ourselves every day’. That is the one kick that assists us in living in our new identity as believers in Christ. In Colossians 3, after laying out the gospel and the incredible wonder of having been delivered from one kingdom and brought into another, Paul begins to lay out what life in this new land looks like. Living in a totally new identity (as children of the living God created in His image); believing that His Words can be trusted, and they really are for our good.
The reality that the gospel impacts our sexuality, our speech, the attitudes of our hearts, how we view other races and those from other socio-economic backgrounds. In short, we have an identity problem, and if we don’t know who we are and how the gospel has dramatically changed our identity, we’ll struggle to live as children in a new land, instead longing to go back to ‘Egypt’ as it were.
So this morning, NSC, I ask you one question. Are you practicing your one kick, 10,000 times? The kick of the gospel, claiming your identity as a sinful human being, made righteous by God, being sanctified by Christ. Are you living in the wonder of that identity, thus trusting that God’s Word is indeed good and can be trusted. And does this have you rejecting the old land, longing to live in the new kingdom – the one of life and freedom, living out who you were meant to be.
In short, NSC, are you enjoying God, delighting in Him, dwelling deeply in the rich truth of the gospel? This is my prayer for you today!!