Character is no accident. God gives us character through his grace. Yet it is also a grace that God works in us through discipline. I don’t know about you, but the word discipline often sounds harsh to me. How can God love us and discipline us? Yet, Hebrews flips that question: how can God love us and not discipline us? And it’s this discipline that shapes our character.
Jesus said that he “came to cast fire on the earth” (Luke 12:49). He was referring to the fire of faith brought by the Holy Spirit. This is a timely word for the Church in our day and age when most Christians sense only a flicker of faith at best. As we launch Church of the Incarnation North Campus, let us come closer to this fire Jesus speaks of and be lit with life.
Julian Borda served as clergy intern over the 2019 summer while discerning a call to the priesthood in the Diocese of Dallas and studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford.
It is God’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom. But is this a simply good thing? And if it were, why does he tell us not to be afraid?