A willingness to be inconvenienced

By Dave Henning / December 14, 2016

“A willingness to be inconvenienced is the ultimate proof of love.”- Ann Voskamp

As Ann Voskamp continues Chapter 13 of The Broken Way, she discusses the phrase “side by side” in Hebrews 10:33.  The writer of Hebrews refers to those who stood side by side with those publically insulted and persecuted.  Ann notes that “side by side” translates the Greek koinonoi– “companions,” “partners.”

Therefore, as we stand side by side with others in their suffering, we participate- get into- their suffering.  We allow their suffering to make us grimy and tearstained.  In addition, Ann states, we “drink the draught of communion.”

Because Jesus’ cross absorbs all your pain, the cross allows you to hold pain.  Furthermore, as you break and give yourself for others, they in turn bear all the gifts and love you gave away.

However, the performance culture of our world consists of impressing people and creating one’s own parade of accomplishments.  Ms. Voskamp contrasts this with the cruciform way of Christ.  The author observes:

“And the cruciform way of Christ is about letting the love of God and the needs of people impress and form you into a cross. . . the Samaritan who sacrifices to help other wounded paraders and upholding the forgotten.”

In conclusion, Ann states, the performing way of the world leads to a dead end.  On the other hand, the cruciform way of Christ leads to love.  Therefore, the ultimate proof of love = a willingness to be inconvenienced.  Also, loving broken people at inconvenient times enables you to experience fuller inclusion in the life of Christ.

Today’s question: Who has stood side by side, or partnered, with you in your suffering?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Shards of our broken hearts”

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