The audacity

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Who has the audacity to tell me…

…how to parent?

…that I’m wrong?

…to not be lazy?

…to quit being stingy with my money?

…to forgive someone who permanently damaged me?

…to call me out when my sarcasm stings?

…I need to rest?

…not to go there?

…not to watch that?

…to be friends with him?

…to quit hanging out with her?

…to go to that college?

…I need to quit avoiding him?

…that I have no right to an ego?

…to love those people?

…to tithe?

…that my best life is still yet to come?

…that I don’t have to try to impress him?

…that I’ve got nothing to give him that makes him any better?

…that he loves me, even in my worst moments?

The guy who rose from the dead. That’s who.

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. – the apostle Paul (Romans 6:8-11)



Christ follower, husband, father, writer, small groups pastor at Saddleback Community Church. Communications director for the Small Group Network.

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  • Danny Patterson

    That’s right! I want him to tell me what to do! I’m prone to do the wrong thing!

    • Ben Reed

      You and me both, Danny!

  • Rob Shepherd

    Most excellent. Loved this.

    • Ben Reed

      Thanks Rob!

  • Sherry Gareis

    Really appreciated this reminder! Always needed….

    • Ben Reed

      I do too, Sherry!

  • Carey Green

    and He often uses His servants to do the talking… that’s what body-life in the fellowship is for. We can’t go it “just me and Jesus” – the body matters.

    • Ben Reed


  • Phil Drysdale

    Thanks for this Ben, I really enjoyed it! A friend directed me to your website yesterday and have enjoyed reading a few of your posts. Thanks for all you are doing to encourage and inspire the body and to help see Jesus get His full reward :)

    • Ben Reed

      Thanks Phil! Appreciate you poking around. I’ve done the same on your blog. Great work!!

      • Phil Drysdale

        Awesome, looking forward to getting to know you a bit :)