Monday, November 21, 2005
Bring Back The Glory Daze
Proverbs 29:18, (Amp), Where there is no vision (no redemptive revelation of God), the people perish.
In this battle we are in, we are either being tempted to ‘lose heart’, or we’re ‘being dazzled’ by the enemy of our soul. Either way, to give in to him, is to lose. This ongoing unfolding revelation of ‘Christ in us the hope of glory’ is not a static position. In Him we live, move and have our being.
The saving of our spirit was an event, but the outworking of our salvation within our soul is a process, a glorious journey. The notion that somehow, in the miracle of being re-birthed, our soul was also instantly transformed is as ludicrous as straining at gnats and swallowing camels.
If the scripture is true (‘Jesus the same, yesterday, today and forever’), why is there an enticement to long after something other than Him?
I love reading and seeing how the Father expressed the one life of His Son in and through our early brothers and sisters in the church, but instead of worshipping Him, we begin to worship that ‘expression’ of Him operating in and through others.Is he not bigger than that limited expression? I mean the whole thing of communal living and its many spin-offs is most commendable, but who He is has not changed.Without the eyes of our heart being constantly opened to the unfolding revelation of the Christ in us, it is very easy to view Him being somewhere out there, kind of like Fox Mulder on the X-Files: ‘The truth is out there.’
I remember when my wife discovered she was pregnant (with our first child) and not just sick with the flu as she had thought. Talk about a revelation! I don’t think it is stretching things too far, using the illustration of our family Doctor clearly detecting the real cause of my wife’s situation, than it is with God the Father, through the Holy Spirit, clearly defining what has and is happening in us since being re-birthed.
The present need to see Him and know Him in the now of our moment is going to be life or death for us. Paul asked, ‘Who has bewitched (bedazzled) you?’ (and of course he was addressing stupid pagan gentiles right? I don’t think so!). ’O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified.’
Is there really much difference between us and the prodigal son famished eating pig food, refusing to listen to the Holy Spirit? Rather than feasting upon the hidden manna we have in Him, in our blindness and hunger, we imbibe in another gospel than only intensifies the leanness of soul.