Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I Have Heard, but Now I See
Is it meant to be an ‘either or’ proposition coming to know the truth of our identity in Christ, as in what came first, the chicken or the egg-hearing verses seeing? What are your thoughts on this?
The first thing that comes to mind on this line of thinking comes out of a prolonged, divine reckoning taking place between God and a man named Job, let’s listen in shall we.
Job answered GOD: "I'm convinced: You can do anything and everything.
Nothing and no one can upset your plans. You asked, 'Who is this muddying the water, ignorantly confusing the issue, second-guessing my purposes?'
I admit it. I was the one. I babbled on about things far beyond me, made small talk about wonders way over my head.
You told me, 'Listen, and let me do the talking. Let me ask the questions. You give the answers. I admit I once lived by rumors of you; now I have it all firsthand—from my own eyes and ears, I'm sorry—forgive me. I'll never do that again, I promise! I'll never again live on crusts of hearsay, crumbs of rumor."
Is it possible that without a true understanding of who the center of our universe is, much like what unfolded in Galileo’s or Copernicus’ day debunking the long held belief that the universe revolved around the earth, rather than it revolving around the sun, although saved, we move out of sync with the truth?
A clouded mind (no matter how insightful one thinks they are), sees nothing.
If our center in being re-birthed has not become observable (knowable) to us in everything pertaining to us in further “knowing Him,” is it any wonder that “Christianity” is seen as just another of the vast menu options displayed on the buffet of religions already long established?
I am seeing that perhaps the reason there is such blurred, distorted perceptions within Christianity is because of not allowing God the Father to renew our thinking based upon a surgical operation he successfully accomplished in the heart of everyone he has received into His family, by joining us to Himself. “He that is joined to the Lord IS one spirit.”
One would think this ability to accurately see would be the norm now that we are no longer of the world, only in it, but sadly we are misguided and there still resides within us such great and undetected ignorance!
The continued transformation our lives coming into sync with our true center is not happening by osmosis, it is no less than His grace going beyond merely saving our spirit, this work of grace is being fought, contested every step we take. There has been designed by God imprinted as it were into our spiritual DNA a longing for the truth of who’s we are to be unmistakably seen among our fellow human beings.
It is very important to see how our dear brother Paul was being lead into such profound and liberating clarity of inner sight by the spirit of truth wherein he saw this. Read here, and here.
It is only in Him making the truth known to us individually that we will ever walk freely with Him and with the body, into so much more he has hidden for us to discover out of the overflow of this divine and sacred romance of the ages.
Hearing this message of life is great, but seeing it walked out relationally is the longing-cry within our hearts why, because He’s put it there, let’s be those living patterns-examples to those who have only heard the “Good News.”
What are your thoughts?