Tension is real….

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Some people may think the Christian life should not include tension. Some may try to avoid it. But I am pretty sure tension is essential in our lives.

Today I was looking over the following verses written by Paul:

14 In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel. 15 But I have not used any of these rights. And I am not writing this in the hope that you will do such things for me, for I would rather die than allow anyone to deprive me of this boast. 16 For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 17 If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me. 18 What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and so not make full use of my rights as a preacher of the gospel. I Corinthians 9:14-18

Some of the teachings in Scripture cause tension. The topic of giving has always caused me tension! But what a privilege to be called to share Jesus!

THANK YOU to each of you who support UPI in prayer, encouragement and giving. We could not do what we do without you. The ministry is HIS and we all get to participate!

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2 thoughts on “Tension is real….

  1. Hi Tom – Tension comes from two (or more) opposing viewpoints on any given subject. Since we are finite, we have limited access to knowledge, information, and a complete perspective of anything. I believe that God Himself introduces the tension as part of the process of “being conformed to the image of his Son”. When you and I disagree, and there is frustration …yet it is unlikely either one of us is ‘right’. Rather, we will either (1) learn truth through patient and humble listening or (2) resist at all costs and stay in our ‘zone’ of opinion. The first way helps us resolve the tension through learning and listening; the second way prevents us from changing.

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