Living With Passion from Holy Rage

I was feeling upset and, honestly, feed-up this morning, so I wrote the previous post.  After I was done, it was time to leave for class.  Once I had parked my car, I jumped on the shuttle to find that one of my shuttle-bus-driver buddies, Mr. Gerald, was driving.  As soon as I stepped up the stairs of the shuttle, he greeted me with his usual, “Hey there, Miss Sarah!”  Without even thinking about it, I replied, “Mr. Gerry!  It’s so good to see you!”  as if I hadn’t have even been steaming like an angry teapot just minutes earlier.  In my head, I said, “I still have a holy rage within me! So, grrrr……”  This thought lasted about as long as it took me to say “grrr” because then, I realized just how silly I was being.

There is no doubt in my mind that God gave me that rage.  After all, think about Jesus when he cleared out the temple in John 2: 13-17.  God revealed to me the way that sin has defiled His creation–what is supposed to be His temple–and so I felt rage against sin.

There’s a difference, though, between the rage Jesus had when He was cleansing the temple and the rage that I felt this morning: Jesus’ rage had the purpose of cleansing the temple.  My rage, though, only made my face fluster.  I wasn’t using that Holy rage to cleanse a temple.  Instead, I was obscuring my very own temple; the body and soul that God created me to be (1 Corinthians 6:19-20.)

God gives us all a Holy Rage.  The rage itself is good and necessary–it is a sign that we are truly convicted about the depravity of sin–but it is how we use that rage that matters.

This morning, I learned another valuable lesson.  I learned that having a Holy Rage inside of you does not mean being hateful of something else.  Instead, having a Holy Rage should make you passionate.  First: passionate to see your own sinful nature and need for Jesus to cleanse you as His temple.  Second: passionate and filled with a sense of urgency to glorify God by being light to the world (Matthew 5:14).

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