Fresh Hope – 19th January 2018

‘Familiarity breeds contempt’ is a common and sadly true saying. Basically when you are aware of a situation day in day out, we become accustomed to it and end up treating people or scenarios with indifference.

Imagine this scenario: you share your faith with someone at work or school, you plainly explain that you believe that Jesus Christ is God, and that he became human in order to do what we couldn’t, defeat sin and death, and now for all who believe in him they have eternal life and become children of God.

They respond by jumping around screaming ‘you what? Seriously! He did? For me? Eternal life? Why didn’t someone tell me sooner? Tell me more! Please come on quick – this is serious!’

You’d be excited for them, but maybe a little embarrassed and think ‘bless – they’ll soon learn to live a little more balanced.’

There is a common thinking with Christians that goes ‘you can tell they’re a new Christian because of their enthusiasm!’ But what’s really meant is, ‘they can’t live bouncing off the walls forever. They’ll soon realise it’s not easy being a Christian and they’ll settle down like the rest of us.’

How sad – familiarity sucks!

This is one of the many reasons that reading the bible daily and spending time in prayer helps us. It’s not about earning anything but re-positioning ourselves daily.

When we read the living word of God, it reminds us of the truth we are living with, that God loves us and whatever we’re facing, he has it in hand! When we pray, we’re reminding our spirit of the truth of our glorious and unbelievable eternal state!

Living as a Christian isn’t easy, but it should be exciting and life changing. And remember, conquerors don’t settle down!

Romans 8:37-39 | NIV
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that Is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Luke Cartwright

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