Saturday, October 17, 2009
Sniffing out Artificiality
Has our Saviour made us savory?
"Through us, he brings knowledge of Christ. Everywhere we go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance. Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God, which is recognized by those on the way of salvation—an aroma redolent with life. But those on the way to destruction treat us more like the stench from a rotting corpse.
This is a terrific responsibility. Is anyone competent to take it on? No— but at least we don't take God's Word, water it down, and then take it to the streets to sell it cheap. We stand in Christ's presence when we speak; God looks us in the face. We get what we say straight from God and say it as honestly as we can."
This hiddenness we have in Christ (which by the way was the fruit of what Jesus asked the Father for, “that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me),” is way too ethereal for us to grasp, so we have invented numerous things to try and make the Christian life look way more appealing, imitating Christ being but one of them.
As I have often asked, was Christ’s oneness with the Father only relegated to those last three years of his life in what many refer to as “his ministry days”, if so, what a pity that those first thirty years were wasted on such pathetic and humdrum day in and day out stuff?
What I detect is this, as the Father was living his life out through Jesus as Jesus, everyday living took on significance and purpose that didn’t suddenly become something far more thrilling as he stepped into those last three years “of ministry.”
Is it any wonder that so many have sniffed out the hypocrisy of the artificiality that has been masquerading as to what it means to be a Christian and what the Church is really all about?
Without revelation of whose we are and what that encompasses, at best we’re only playing charades, but for those who know and are growing in the truth that Christ is disguised as us, are not fooled as they pick up His sent!