DayBreaks for 12/31/13 – Let’s Let the Lion Loose
Revelation 5:5 (NLT) But one of the twenty-four elders said to me, “Stop weeping! Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne, has won the victory. He is worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
Here we are – the last day of 2013. What a year it has been in so many respects! Of course there have been wonderful things happen this year – things that cause hope to stir in our hearts for humanity and decency, but those are not the kind of things that often make the evening news.
While there has been progress on some fronts, overall it was a troubling year from a broad perspective. There is a lot of uncertainty as we enter the new year once again. I suppose that should be neither surprising nor even alarming. It just is.
As we stand on the cusp of a new year, I can’t help but wonder what this next year would be like if all believers, regardless of creed or denomination, were to commit to live all out for Christ this coming year. What would that look like? How could it change your own life, your family, your community, the country and world? Only God knows that, but one thing is clear from Scripture: when His people commit to truly live for Him, He does amazing things that blow us away!
The problem is that we’ve taken the Lion and put Him conveniently into a cage with parameters and limitations as to how far we’re willing to let Him prowl in our life. That’s what made this quote from Dorothy Sayers all the more intriguing to me: “The people who hanged Christ never, to do them justice, accused him of being a bore—on the contrary, they thought him too dynamic to be safe. It has been left for later generations to muffle up that shattering personality and surround him with an atmosphere of tedium. We have very efficiently pared the claws of the Lion of Judah, certified him “meek and mild,” and recommended him as a fitting household pet for pale curates and pious old ladies.”
I’m under no delusion that I’ll be able to always let Him out of the cage I’ve constructed for Him (and we have all constructed a cage for Him!), but as I go into this new year, I want to put the key in the lock and let Him out more in my life and my corner of the world. Will you join me in that commitment? To free the Lion to do the things that only He can do if we will just let Him out?
Listen to the roar – and let the earth tremble!
PRAYER: Jesus, be freed in all Your power in my life this year! I know I shall fail from time to time, but I truly want to set You free from the limits that I’ve put on You as to what I’m willing for You to do in my life and through my life. I pray that you will stir others to join and to set You free in their own lives, too! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2003, 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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