It’s funny, lately the books that I’ve been exposed to the most (not reading them yet, just in my radar and putting them on my list) have been all about being different - “Radical” by David Platt, “Weird” by Groeschel, even “The Cost of Discipleship” by Bonhoeffer has a core message of not letting things be easy (which, by definition, being normal is easier than being different). So when I came across 1 Peter 1.22b-23, I had to pay attention.
…love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.”
What I hear coming out of the Word of God hear? We live by a different kind of love - an unheard of kind of love. Uncommon love.
To be sure, there is an ability to to love by this world, but it is of “perishable seed” - meaning it might last for a while, it might last for a lifetime. But there is a well-spring of love and life available to us through God and His interceding with the Holy Spirit that is imperishable.
Why wouldn’t I want to tap into that? Why drink from a cup when we can have a fountain? Never ending, never getting old, never running dry. I know I would much rather give those around me a love, a deep love from the heart, that comes from an unrestricted, greater-than-Joel source.
Here’s a common problem, though. We treat our ability to tap into the love of an “imperishable seed” as a way to love with the same depth and likeness as the rest of the world. In other words, we only allow tap into this source of imperishable love as deeply as we are able to within the confines of common, perishable love! Do not fall to this! Immortality is unheard of in this world - do not use something as holy, immortal, and imperishable as God’s saving grace as a tool to become just another “good person.” To do so would be to blaspheme the efforts of our Lord!
Nothing can look the same. Nothing can look common.
When we begin to recognize this, we can truly begin to experience our new birth by way of the “living and enduring word of God.”
Lord, may I never lose sight of the different life and love you have birthed me into. Help me discern how to never cease in my differentness. And as I live by your different love, may I recognize your indwelling in me.