Friday, September 26, 2008
Who You Calling a Fool
Let’s look at an imaginary scenario for a minute, let’s say our brother Paul is about to open his heart as well as his mouth to share what Father has put there for this gathering. In his mind there is a stampede of thoughts such as, I just know there is so much stinking thinking, such polluted distorted thoughts rampant in the minds of everyone here, what I have to say will never be understood, maybe I best just wait until all of this mind pollution gets swept away first, or hell freezes over, which ever comes first.
We laugh, but are we any different now as it was then? Maybe Paul knew that what he was sharing was not dependent upon his verbal expertise, but in fact he totally relied upon the power of His spirit, like a laser to cut through all and anything that would try to oppose an inner revelation of the goodness and love of the Father’s heart toward those listening.
I love this from the Message Bible; “The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense. This is the way God works, and most powerfully as it turns out. It's written,
I'll turn conventional wisdom on its head, I'll expose so-called experts as crackpots.
So where can you find someone truly wise, truly educated, truly intelligent in this day and age? Hasn't God exposed it all as pretentious nonsense? Since the world in all its fancy wisdom never had a clue when it came to knowing God, God in his wisdom took delight in using what the world considered dumb—preaching, of all things!—to bring those who trust him into the way of salvation.”
Aren’t we, I’ll speak for me here in my question, trusting Him from the sublime to the ridiculous, to reveal the giver of life living in us as us? Whether it is but a smile, a thank you or a much more involved form of intercourse, it’s the Life of Christ interacting with your and my world that we live in.
Doesn’t it just melt your heart, take your breath away knowing that the unseen (by so many) God and Father of heaven and earth is in plain sight, going from isle to isle selecting the needed groceries, refilling the gas tank on the car, paying the property taxes at the bank, mowing the lawn, washing the car, taking the dog for a walk!
In the Old Testament the sacred holy box called the Ark of the Covenant was a transportable device that moved under the power of men instructed by God when and where He wanted to go.
Inside this holy relic were different artefact's, one of them was the Shekinah Glory of God; the ark was made from a special wood all overlaid with pure gold. It was a temporary at best picture of something far more real and exciting.
We now ARE those living ark’s, where ever you and I go, the glorious One, Christ in us the hope of Glory goes, and interacts with all we come in contact with. The kicker is, this is all being done so wonderfully unobtrusively.
I love the language Paul uses, “we are living epistles, bill-boards being read of all men,” how much more real can He be!
Bottom line, as Jesus himself said, as the Scriptures have said, “He who believes in me, out of his innermost being shall spring forth rivers of love-life" to a love-life parched world of people, how, by us BEING and living Loved.