I’ve been reading Stephen Boyd’s book, The Men We Long To Be, it’s excellent. One of the statements he made keeps floating around in my head. He said,
Our love of God, however, casts out fear and releases us from captivity to sin – that is, the requirement to dominate or be dominated. Our response, our love, then, is not a sentiment; it is not a feeling; it is first a commitment to act on our deepest desire to be connected with others and to act against all those things that get in the way of that connection. (Boyd, 143)
I’ve been noodling on this statement and does it fit for how God loves us? If so, what does that look like to have God committed to act on his deepest desire to connect with me and to act against ALL those things that get in the way of that connection?
I think Jesus answers my question. He acted on his deepest desire to be connected with us and he was willing to act against ALL that got in the way of that connection – to the point of death.
What does it mean for us to be committed to act on our deepest desire to connect with others? Like how would we have to reshape the way we live, where we live, how we live, what we give our time and energy to? I mean this could be demanding. And what about “acting against” all things (systems and structures, materialism, racism, sexism, classism and the self!) that get in the way of that connection? I mean if I took that seriously, if you took that seriously, whoo. Not a light thing.
I thought a few of you might also want to ponder it too.