Guide for "Grit Season"
October 9 - November 23, 2019
Pain proves authenticity. No one ever proved it better or more dramatically than Jesus the Messiah.
He could easily have avoided his agony and death. All he had to do was to say in court, "This is all a big misunderstanding. I am not the Messiah." But he did not take the coward's way out.
He faced his rejection and execution as the Father's will for his mission--no backing down, no angry lashing out at his enemies, no attempt to take things into his own hands. He quietly and faithfully endured to the end, allowing it to look like he was a victim and a loser.
If you have ever thought that Jesus suffered so we don't have to, "Grit Season" is a wake-up call. His willingness to suffer and die for his cause is not our ticket to an easy life. It is our example for dealing with the shame and suffering that will get added to our lives if we represent him in this world.
As you move to the Grit Rhythm, you will discover who you are, and you will like what you are becoming under the influence of Jesus--a finisher not a quitter. You will "See Yourself iN Christ," and people will see Christ's super-human, enduring strength in you.
Christ was brutally beaten and whipped before his cross was put on his shoulders. He did not get far before the soldiers saw he had no strength left, and they ordered a bystander to carry it.
The prophet Isaiah, hundreds of years earlier, had predicted the scene in amazing detail:
"He didn’t even look human—a ruined face, disfigured past recognition. . . He was beaten, he was tortured, but he didn’t say a word. Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered and like a sheep being sheared, he took it all in silence. Justice miscarried, and he was led off—and did anyone really know what was happening? He died without a thought for his own welfare, beaten bloody for the sins of my people." (Isaiah 52.14 and 53.7-8, The Message)
If you want an easy life, find yourself a different hero, not Jesus. But if you want to SYNC with God's strategy to save and restore the world, then worship Jesus and welcome his Spirit so you have the strength to hold up as you follow him. He is our model of endurance, and the New Testament is full of encouragement to endure. As we endure things that would break ordinary people, we point to his life and power at work in us by his Holy Spirit.
In 2019, Grit Season is October 9 - November 23, that is, from the day after the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) to the day before Christ the King Sunday, which looks forward to the Christ's return in glory. Grit Season includes both the week of the "Camp-out Festival," October 14-20 (the "Feast of Tabernacles"; Hebrew, "Sukkot"), and All Saints Day, November 1 (originally "All Martyrs Day").