Learning from Johann Arnold
I read an article today by Johann Christoph Arnold, and this particular section stood out to me:
"For what else is peace, if not readiness to meet God? And if it means readiness, doesn't it have to mean readiness in every aspect of life? Doesn't it mean readiness to forgive the unforgivable; to forget when I would rather rememeber; to reach out to those I've avoided? Doesn't it mean readiness to give everything, and to lay down my life for my brothers?" (taken from http://www.bruderhof.com)
I appreciate how Arnold talks about meeting God not just in the who-knows-how-distant future when we die...it's about how we live now, too. I'm convicted by these words, but encouraged, too. Forgiving, forgetting, reaching out, giving everything - it's the cost of discipleship, living as a sacrifice. It's dying to ourselves every single day, because the life we're called to is more valuable.
I admit that living this Jesus-life like this is hard sometimes, but it's the most beautiful life I know. His Life becomes our life, and even in light of the pain that comes with it, I'd choose this over anything else in a heartbeat.