Renewing our faith
Isaiah 43: 19
“See, I am doing a new thing.”
Have you ever seen the movie Braveheart? If not, you certainly should add this to your watch-list. In the most historic scene, you find the small, frightened bunch of Scottish soldiers on the verge of taking on the vast army of England. They are huddled together, hopeless and overwhelmed. And then William Wallace turn up on his dangerous looking horse, primed for battle. And what he said changed everything:
“Run, and you’ll live — at least a while. And dying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!”
Wallace’s speech was more than a pep-talk. His words were not just an empty gesture of “you can do it.” His words cannot even be ascribed to courage or boldness for life has stripped away any such thing of these men. His words were about their reason for what brought them here. His words renewed their motivation, their identity, their why.
Over time, churches lose focus on the why and battle the world on the what. And the what will always distract and overwhelm or overpower and boost pride. It causes the church to huddle together, lost in despair, like the soldiers, with an “out of date,” droned out voice. Isaiah’s words are Father’s call to us to renew our reason for being, our identity in Him.
There is a correlation between our identity in God and our courage and boldness to the world. The deeper our intimacy, the greater our tenacity to stand courageously and walk boldly.
Can we expect boldness without courage?
Can we expect courage without purpose?
Can we expect purpose without identity?
After Wallace’s famous speech, the atmosphere changed. The same hopeless, huddled, overwhelmed soldiers rose courageously and were prepared to fight boldly. Their purpose was not about winning or the fear of losing, but the victory already established in their identity. Their victory could not be determined by the lie of the enemy anymore! The more Christ is the root of our identity and the Holy Spirit the “energy” of our momentum the less we need to find life, validation, and purpose in other’s perspective.
The outcome of the battle is of no importance. The important thing was: they went!
See, I am doing a new thing.