consistency :: sarah bessey

Here is a consistency to which I bear witness: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against these things there is no law. I bear witness that we can believe in the “right” things, that have all our doctrinal ducks in a row, but if our lives aren’t icons of the incredible abundant and hospitable extravagance of our God, if we aren’t bearing good fruit, if our roots aren’t going down into the artesian wells of renewal and redemption and restoration, well, then, that is something but it is not grace and it isn’t a tree of life.

Here is a consistency to which I bear witness: the ones who lead well are the ones who lead from among the people of God, the ones who are alongside and not above, the ones who point to Jesus as the north star and the real Shepherd, who lay down power and lift up the voices of others, who tear down the boundary markers, who lay down the nit-picking of who is in and who is out, the ones who live as if we’re all in and we all belong. Delight and friendship and joy create room for the Spirit to play.

Here is a consistency to which I bear witness: the material world matters – the things we make, the breath we draw, the beauty we create, the love we make, the food we eat: kingdom come and so spot the glimpses in seeds and trees, in yeast and pearls, in sandals and smiles, in fishing and gardening, in children and women, in the poor and cast-aside, in birth and death. There isn’t a false demarcation between secular and sacred: everything in your life can glorify God if you intend for it to do so.

Here is a consistency to which I bear witness: transformation from the inside out, transformation which changes us always and continually, sharpening, brightening, bringing out the image-of-God-ness in us, revealing the truth of what God intended all along. Wash the lies away with water, sharpen the image with iron, refine and reveal, there is a true human hiding here. The ways of Jesus are always better for us in our bodies, our minds, our souls: discipleship brings true freedom.

Here is a consistency to which I bear witness: I trust the ones who have suffered, who have walked in the valley of the shadow and still bear the hues of it and yet still walk lightly upon this earth with joy and liveliness. I trust the ones who are kind and the ones who still laugh easily at good things, the ones who aren’t cruel even in secret. I trust the ones who carry a light in the darkness, who recognize the beauty and the sheer wonder of being alive.

Here is a consistency to which I bear witness: Love. Love. Love. I see the Love working its way in and through and around us, you know you’ve found love when that Love brings out the best in us, brings us to fullness and wisdom and joy. I’m foolish enough to believe it: they’ll know us by our love. And we know it when we find it and so it is precious and valuable and ferocious.

Here is a consistency to which I bear witness: Jesus as the exact representation of God, Jesus as the same, yesterday, today and forever and so I am always changing in response to the unchanging Christ, always evolving, always curling into cocoons and being reborn over and over again to a new and distilled beauty, smelling of the wind.

Here is a consistency to which I bear witness: we are always meant for community and love, always meant for wholeness and for shalom. Our true home, our true selves, can be revealed by the light of the Son, by the path of friendship with God. Workers, you are now heirs, live like it.

Here is a consistency to which I bear witness: all other things may fall away – my opinions, my preferences, my habits, my past, my choices then or now, my tidy sureties, my boundary markers, but the Word of God, our Jesus, remains for ever and so I dare to believe it, I dare to say it, I dare to live like it’s true: we are loved! we are loved! we are no longer servants but friends, we are no longer exiles but home builders, we are no longer fighting but farming, we are no longer orphans but family, we are no longer meant for the brickyard but for the Promised Land, we are no longer broken but we are mended and healed and whole, we are no longer wanderers but we are the ones who belong, with just as much a right to Love and to grace and to redemption as every one who draws breath from the breath of God.

 

 

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  • Ashlee

    Beautiful!

  • Jory Micah

    Lovely post! 🙂

  • Beautiful as per usual, Sarah. I read some of this out loud because it feels like so much of it really needs to be spoken to be ‘heard’.

    • – k@ren

      I do that, too!

  • So powerful, Sarah – all of it and these words at the end of your post: “So I dare to believe it, I dare to say it, I dare to live like it’s true: we are loved! we are loved! – that is what our lives need to be about. I think of Brennan Manning’s message, as heard in the new Ragamuffin movie about the life of the late singer-songerwriter Rich Mullins.

  • Brett FISH Anderson

    i love it Sarah. Great to be reminded of these things – to hear them and also to speak them out loud and proclaim them to be true and then follow that up with making them true.

    Keep on
    love brett fish

  • Every word here, “yes and amen.”

  • lndwhr

    Straight to my weary heart. Thank you Sarah.

  • Yes and Amen! Bearing witness alongside you, Sarah. You speak for me and for many others and you do it so beautifully. Thank you!

  • pastordt

    I will bear it with you, dear Sarah. Truth, grace, love. Beautifully told – thank you !

  • I love your choice of the word “consistency” — and immediately after reading your post I was doing my study of Daniel by Beth Moore and she emphasized consistency: how life is so much easier “without all the costume changes.” If, instead of wearing so many masks, we could really live IN and FROM the freedom of the truths you mention here, what a difference it would make.

  • Olivia Butz

    Amen and amen! “Worker, you are now heirs, live like it.” “we are no longer broken but we are mended and healed and whole” “we are no longer wanderers but we are the ones who belong”

    Am learning lately what it means that we are a part of God’s family, joint heirs with Jesus, who have everything we need from God to live as we are called – as the father of the prodigal son tells the eldest son “everything I have is yours”.

  • Nisha Benny-Varghese

    “There isn’t a false demarcation between secular and sacred: everything in your life can glorify God if you intend for it to do so.” LOVE that! Please never stop writing.

  • Sara Newcomb

    …and so I dare to believe it, I dare to say it, I dare to live like it’s true: we are loved! we are loved! – yes yes yes. thank you for shouting this to me this afternoon

  • Jessica Rozga-Deboni

    I believe I’ve read this just shy of 20 times since published and have now conceded to the pull to print and post next to my desk… Oh the beauty and conviction and hope worded here. Thank you Sarah.

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  • Alissa Maxwell

    I need to read this out loud. I want to grab a gathering of friends and take turns reading this beautiful truth to one another and to ourselves. Thank you Sarah!

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