God Who Calls Us to Be – 1 Corinthians 10:1-13


Read 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

My first instinct is to say, you silly people, you walked through the sea on dry ground. You were fed by the hand of God. How could you fail to worship God? Why were your bodies scattered in the wilderness instead of feasting in the promised land? Scripture says they were indulgent, they grumbled and tested God.

I’m guilty of all three. I’m also guilty of something just as destructive, the temptation to “do” instead of to “be.”

The responsibilities of church planting lie heavy on my heart. I feel like I can’t do enough. Here lies the struggle that could leave my body scattered in the wilderness. Here lies my greatest temptation—to do rather than be. To be requires balance and boundaries. To be requires saying no to the crazy hectic rat race running around me. To be requires confronting the idolatry of our day—busyness. To be requires stillness, silence, and time spent with my Savior.

Lord, today help me remember that being in your presence empowers me to do your work. Amen.

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Carmen Bensink Lewis

Salem, Oregon
I am a child of the King, longing for my identity as a Christ follower to seep deep into the fabric of my life. I often fall short of this desire, but God in his mercy repeatedly restores our faith. I believe God is continually preparing us for the next assignment. My time as a missionary in Colombia and work in other countries has solidified for me Paul’s conviction in Galatians that we are “all one in Christ Jesus.” This belief has led my husband, Scott, and me to co-plant Bridge Covenant Church, a multicultural community in Salem, Oregon. Most recently my faith has been stretched by infertility and cancer. In July 2014 we were blessed with one of the most amazing gifts—our son Gideon.


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