Turnabout is a funny thing. It’s the essence of Christianity. The jargon tends to use “repent”, but the basic meaning is the same.
In the last 2 years our family life has undergone a turnabout. In a big way..
My wife was diagnosed with a terminal illness, I had to move from us earning in excess of R70000 per month to less than R10000, but with the same outgoings. Try it sometime – it cripples you financially. Our formerly reliable car has developed old age problems and started breaking down at inopportune moments. We have a family of 4 moved into our spare room in December who will be a family of 5 by the end of the week, and I get almost no downtime to decompress.
I’m a late-night person, technically, but it’s trying to balance that from the perspective of the chaos surrounding me that distresses me. I can’t find anything. My kitchen, which is filthy, is atrocious. I love the family, and they have accommodation from March, but a huge part of me wises they could stay. In the last 2 months they have grown immensely, and so have I. I’ve been a father to them (yikes) and a surrogate grandfather to their children. Their antics push back my time for myself, time to recharge. This weeked I’ll be travelling to Namibia to attend the funeral of a very dear lady, Mama, Rene’s grandmother. She’s doing ok under the circumstances, but our finances are totally skewed for February month end. I’m even cosidering dropping the level of medical cover I have to make it more affordable.
Our life got turned about.
In the last few days, Rene has sart saying if it can fall apart so easily, then we can see it turn around into God;s idea for our life.
The turnabout nature is exactly what God wants for us. Turning away from Satan and his wiles, submitting to God and seeing him flee from us like James describes. Capturing every thought and allowing God to have free reign in our lives allows us to live Free.
Living by God’s rules, making that turnabout into His Church family gives us freedom beyond our imagination. Allowing the Holy Spirit to set up His home in our heart allows the fruit of the spirit to grow. It allows us to move in ways impossible without. We can literally see the sick healed, the deaf hear, the blind see and the dead rise.
Freedom from death, freedom from debt, freedom from sickness. Restored relationship with God. There’s no guarantees on this issue though. I love my wife dearly, but that has opened me up to attack through her and the other people I care about. My best friend at work, an invaluable warrior in the Spirit has had her own battles to fight, some of the most vicious coming after she became my best friend, standing by me and supporting me. It’s the way Satan operates. His attacks on them break me down, try to force me to capitulate and sing his tune in place of the Glorious Worship God places in my heart.
Its not pretty befriending someone on the front line. In the first world war, there was a cameraderie between the soldiers which was cautious in many cases because they didn’t know if tomorrow they were going to be dead. In the great stories there is always a core group around the central character. Frodo has the Fellowship, Bilbo has the company of Thorin and his companions, Maximus is supported by the other Gladiators, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy fall into Narnia and Aslan has prepared an army for them. Even in TV shows you’d not expect it, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel surround themselves with a circle of friends who fight and are ready to die for the cause. Jack O’Neill has SG1 and Jack Bauer has CTU. It’s a hard life for the central character, they have their story and the result turns their lives around on an episode by episode basis, just as a reflection of what happens in the real world.
Turnaround, repentance, whatever you want to call it is essential to our walk. We must remember that we are part of the inner circle that walks with Jesus, and it’s an awesome existence. If we don’t meet resistance from Satan and his forces, it generally means we’re moving in the same direction!
Turn around, trust Christ and let Him give you True Freedom.