Oh my. Read this. Watch the video. And get a knife! Seriously – I’ve watched this video probably a dozen times now…something kept drawing me back to it that I haven’t been able to articulate until this morning. There is a truth in this video that somehow Gerber gets right – and it directly relates to the pillars of who and what Reclaim is all about from Isaiah 61:1-4:
- Knowing Truth and Renouncing Lies
- Recognizing Reality / Discovering our TRUE identity
- Living on Purpose
This video perfectly illustrates a man who has placed his faith in Jesus and embraced his true identity as a son of the King. This man is no longer a victim of trouble, no longer a slave to trouble, no longer an accomplice to trouble. This man knows who he is and because of that he knows what to do: he addresses trouble, he confronts trouble, he conquers trouble – in short he overcomes trouble because Jesus overcame trouble.
Paul illustrates this dichotomy in Romans 7 and 8 by showing a mans condition before and after he has been set from the law of sin and death: “I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing” Romans 7:18-19
Contrast that with Romans 8:35, 37 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?…No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
What changed? He was set free. “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1
Paul is clearly no longer the same man. He has a new master, a new identity and a new purpose. And he’s looking for trouble.