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Our Brutal Dance
Theme of the Week: Down-to-Earth Godliness
Monday, June 23, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: Jesus had to be made like his brothers and sisters in every way so he could be their merciful and faithful high priest in service to God. (Hebrews 2:17, NCV)

Dig Deeper: Hebrews 2:5-18

[Jesus] got sad, angry, frustrated, and fearful. He laughed, he cried, he fought temptation of every kind, and he experienced physical death. In his birth, he was vulnerable. In his boyhood, he was playful and inquisitive. And as a full-grown man, he was the guy next door. He gets the awkwardness of not living like God, so we can relax, put away our goofy attempts to be more godly, and reconsider being truly human.

I know what you're thinking: Hugh, but we humans have no shot at making our humanness like that of Jesus. Aren't we totally depraved, desperately wicked, and far from God, as Scripture says? And if this is so, shouldn't we try to become less human and a bit more spiritual, a bit more godly? Well, not exactly.

Trying to be godly is like trying to be a model in GQ magazine when you look like Hugh Halter. It simply doesn't work. Have you ever tried to make it just one day without an angry or lustful thought, selfish act, or second of worry? If you're like me, you may make it only a few hours at best. And then each Sunday we feel bad, beg for forgiveness, and start the brutal dance of failure all over again.

—Hugh Halter in Flesh

My Response: What does my own "brutal dance of failure" look like?

Adapted from Flesh by Hugh Halter. Copyright ©2014 by Hugh Halter. Flesh is published by David C Cook. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Prayer for the Week
Lord, please help me to not try to be holy in my own strength, but instead lean on the power of Christ's death and resurrection.

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Curt Schleicher

June 23, 2014  8:39am

Thank you again for this reminder to me that my strength comes from you, Jesus, and not my own power. My 'brutal dance of failure' comes when i forget my power source and attempt to run things my way. Like my smart phone when i attempt to do things without being plugged into my power source, Jesus, i get physically tired, wonder why life is so hard today, and why my juice is sapped. However, on the other hand, when i'm living in the Spirit, all the tasks i was doing on my own are much easier to accomplish. May i plug into the Holy Spirit today and every day to enable me engage the full power you desire in my walk with you. In Jesus Name, i pray, Amen.

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