What Does "Overcoming" Look Like?
The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will permit him to eat from the tree of life that is in the paradise of God.’ Rev 2.7 NET
Frustration. That’s what I wrestle with most. I want things I don’t have – I want things I can’t have – I want still more things that I shouldn’t even want. It is just maddening to see other people filled with what they want, while I’m frustrated and empty.
I’m so frustrated right now, I don’t even have any idea what not being frustrated would look like, what it would feel like. I’m so tangled up, backwards-and-inside-out, that I could just scream!
Maybe looking at the book full of blessings for those who overcome – those who conquer – will give me an idea of what ‘overcoming’ really looks like. Because I know right now, I have no idea.
Does overcoming look like a huge rally in Washington, D.C., where a bloviating demagogue summons me to water down what little Christianity I’ve got a handle on, use it to spike the punch of the civil religion? “In God We Trust – as long as He gives us a reasonable rate of return?”
Does overcoming look like an old man rallying his followers to set off a worldwide conflagration of hatred, instead of living such a marvelous and beautiful life that people burn their own scrolls?
Does overcoming look like saying inflammatory things to boost your popularity?
Does it look like a cluelessly fumbling wanna-be writer telling people what to do and how to live, pretending he’s got a CLUE what he’s talking about?
I dunno – but whatever overcoming looks like, I know this much: once you get there, you need to eat from the tree of life. God’s blessings in Revelation seem to come to heal the wounds we take in this life. So what kind of life does overcoming look like, that I would need to eat that fruit? Is that the kind of life I want to follow?
Anyone else fighting with frustration?
in HIS love,