The Blessed Agony of a Ripped Altar
Is it painful to follow Christ? Yes.
And why wouldn’t it be? After all, following Christ is soul surgery. Your hopes, dreams, loves, and fears are all remade–not in one fell swoop but in a series of incisions, some small and others large.
I haven’t worked on my novel in two months. Right now, I’m not sure if I’ll ever work on one again. I’ve struggled with doubt as a result, and it’s been painful to have such a key component of my life and my identity taken away.
But it is grace for God to demand sacrifices like that, for him to rip up our paper altars. He is not a vain God who just can’t stand to see us worship other things. He is a loving God who satisfies more thoroughly in reality than our worldly pleasures satisfy us in our dreams.(tweet this)
God wants what is best for us, and he is what is best.