Take the World at new Level

The freedom to be blissfully wrong

Losers are deeply unpopular in the current age. You only need to spend 15 minutes in a schoolyard to discover that kids hate being called losers. That is the power of the world, and a compelling social psychology, that weighs heavily on every person.

No one likes to lose. Everyone wants to be successful, and although we are told that most successful people have failed thousands of times, no one really wants to fail even once.

And if winning and losing are two polarizations of life,

are also correct and incorrect.

Nobody wants to be wrong. They all pretend they’re right. And everyone is trying to convince others that they themselves are right and the other person is wrong. It is social chaos.

But the Kingdom of God operates differently.

Few people come close to this power

because they see power

through the eyes of the world.

The Kingdom of God operates

like a kingdom upside down.

Kingdom power is wisdom;

a wisdom that is madness to the world.

The statements that follow decree that there is a power in the Kingdom that most Christians do not even understand, much less apply. Few people practice them with rigorous constancy. Here is a list of personalized statements that describe the most mature believers in Christ:

  • I don’t have to have a reason to be free.
  • I don’t need to be right to feel safe.
  • I can feel safe and feel bad at the same time.
  • I don’t have to convince you that I’m right.
  • I don’t want you to think I’m unreasonable, but if you do, that’s fine.
  • You are free to think what you want of me.
  • You don’t have to like me or what I say or do.
  • I will continue to believe that, in time, I will be able to make you a friend, if I continue to treat you with grace.
  • I’ll understand if you can’t see it from my point of view. I hope you never feel like I’m manipulating you.
  • Even when I think you’re wrong, I want to treat you with the same respect as if you were right, even when I respectfully disagree with you. I will not fight you.
  • I can’t be threatened, and I don’t threaten anyone.
  • I won’t fight you, and you can’t fight me. Trust me, there is power in that.

All of these statements speak volumes about the humility that subdues the pride that would normally insist on feeling the injustice that makes us criticize anyone who calls us names.

With all the posturing around the churches about doctrine and hermeneutics and back and forth, we quickly lose sight of the fact that most of it is not important. What Christ called us to is to live a different life; a life of service to humanity for the glorification of God.

Once we reconcile the fact that glorifying God is really the only purpose of our lives, we stop insisting on being right all the time and start loving people even when they are unpleasant.

When we see life this way,

the transformation of our hearts

through the renewing of our minds

It goes without saying, without extra effort.

We don’t need to prosper in this world.

know that we are prospering in eternal life.

We don’t need to be right to feel justified. Knowing that God knows our hearts are okay is more than enough. It really doesn’t matter what other people think. We are free to simply love them.

Our hearts are right when we can accept being wrong.

Herein lies the essence of being teachable.

What security we offer to people with this Kingdom perspective that does not seek profit for ourselves.

And, of course, we will be wrong sometimes, but not all the time.

This article could also have been called ‘the only true fruit of Christian maturity: lose to win’.

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