…who (God) has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Corinthians 3.6
We like to assume control of our lives. We love planning, implementing, and even manipulating our circumstances. After all, this is what the world has taught us. And this obsession with being the master or mistress of our universe can spiral out of control until we crash and burn! 🔥 This is the danger of “the letter.”
These lessons and behaviors from the world often find their way into the church’s life. We make plans, try to control their implementation, and even manipulate them to fit our narrative or rules of our own making. Before we know it, we are led down the path to religiosity, dogmatism, and even idolatry. Crash and burn! 🔥
This can happen when we, as individuals and churches, forget ourselves, losing perspective (the reality). We have a Master who journeys with us, a perfect “Travel Agent” facilitating and energizing this tour, knowing all its twists and turns, he has mapped out places to visit and the tourist traps to avoid. Most importantly, he “is” our final destination. When we lose sight of this, we get lost. Crash and burn! 🔥
So let’s try not to forget that only the Travel Agent makes us sufficient for life and ministry because he understands what we need and has every contingency covered.