two words, one lie
The devil is more than willing, and very able, to tell you what a Christian should be.
A Christian should feel happy all the time.
A Christian should be rich.
A Christian should never doubt.
A Christian should know more Bible by now.
A real Christian should never have a marriage that is broken, a child that is run away or a hope that feels small and extinguished.
A real Christian should never be hurt or lonely or sad or angry or stressed or depressed or confused.
Painting a picture of what a Christian should be is perhaps the devil's favorite activity.
But, he will never be able to tell you what a Christian can be.
He cannot plumb the depths of God's love within us.
He cannot fathom the might of God's power within us.
He cannot comprehend the relentless pursuit of God's grace within us.
He cannot tell you what a Christian can be, but he will whisper aggressively what a Christian should be.
The challenge is not to confuse those two words, can and should. Because one produces shame and condemnation, attempting to put limits on a God that is limitless. The other, shines a light on a God in which all things are possible.
Can and should.
Which one do you hear most?
Which one are you listening to?