I’ve been reading C.S Lewis’ Mere Christianity and I literally cannot recommend it enough. Something really spoke to me when I read it this morning:
“We may be content to remain what we call ‘ordinary people’: but He is determined to carry out quite a different plan. To shrink back from that plan is not humility: it is laziness and cowardice. To submit to it is not conceit or megalomania; it is obedience.”
“I find I must borrow yet another parable from George MacDonald. Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of—throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
I just hope you guys are as challenged as I am, you know, when I first became a Christian, there were certain parts of me that I was more than happy for God to get rid of but when He starts tampering with other things - like the way I treat people, the things I depend on, the way I spend my time - it gets serious. And sometimes it hurts. But don’t be afraid of the pain. Remember whose hands you’re in.
God bless you all mightily x