Anchored in the Rock
More from Brennan Manning . . .
“When we accept the truth of ourselves — shipwrecked and saved — our lives are henceforth anchored in the Rock who is Christ, not in the shifting sand of our fickle feelings . . .
When we are in right relationship with Jesus, we are in the peace of Christ . . .
When things are plain and ordinary, when we live on the plateaus and in the valleys (which is where most of the Christian life takes place) and not on the mountaintops of peak religious experiences, this is no reason to blame ourselves, to think that our relationship with God is collapsing, or to echo Magdalene’s cry in the garden, 'Where has my beloved gone?'
Living In The Peace of Christ
Frustration, irritation, fatigue and so forth may temporarily unsettle us, but they cannot rob us of living in the peace of Christ . . .
The shipwrecked have stood at the still-point of a turning world and discovered that the human heart is made for Jesus Christ and cannot really be content with less.”
These days our lives seemed to filled with “frustration, irritation, fatigue.”
Take a moment to ask yourself: “What is robbing me of living in the peace of Jesus right now?”
Allow yourself a few moments to hear the answer.
The rapid fire of thoughts and other distractions around us often prohibit us from hearing answers to questions such as these. You will really need to quiet yourself in order to do this. In the quietness, meditate on the truth of Romans 8:38-39 from The Message translation: “I’m absolutely convinced that nothing — nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable — absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.”
These words were written by a man who was literally shipwrecked and adrift at sea three times! He was beaten, stoned, left for dead, imprisoned. Will your life be “shipwrecked” by circumstances out of your control? Absolutely.
The Solid Rock
As you listen to this ask yourself this question: “Will you be anchored in the Rock who is Jesus Christ?”
Brennan Manning was a laicized Catholic priest (meaning he “left the priesthood”) who became an influential Christian speaker, author, journalist, husband and father.