These thought's from Oz Chambers, I loved them:
"When once you are rooted in Reality, nothing can shake you. If your faith is in experiences, any thing that happens is likely to upset that faith; but nothing can ever upset God or the almighty Reality of Redemption; base your faith on that, and you are as eternally secure as God. When once you get into personal contact with Jesus Christ, you will never be moved again. That is the meaning of sanctification. God puts His disapproval on human experience when we begin to adhere to the conception that sanctification is merely an experience, and forget that sanctification itself has to be sanctified (see John 17:19)."
"It is a snare to imagine that God wants to make us perfect specimens of what He can do; God's purpose is to make us one with Himself. The emphasis of holiness movements is apt to be that God is producing specimens of holiness to put in His museum. If you go off on this idea of personal holiness, the dead-set of your life will not be for God, but for what you call the manifestation of God in your life."
"Christian perfection is not, and never can be, human perfection. Christian perfection is the perfection of a relationship to God which shows itself amid the irrelevancies of human life. When you obey the call of Jesus Christ, the first thing that strikes you is the irrelevancy of the things you have to do, and the next thing that strikes you is the fact that other people seem to be living perfectly consistent lives. (This is a whole subject in itself) Such lives are apt to leave you with the idea that God is unnecessary, by human effort and devotion we can reach the standard God wants. In a fallen world this can never be done. I am called to live in perfect relation to God so that my life produces a longing after God in other lives, not admiration for myself. Thoughts about myself hinder my usefulness to God. God is not after perfecting me to be a specimen in His show-room; He is getting me to the place where He can use me. Let Him do what He likes".
Here's a mind bender, the Christian life is us becoming what we already are?!
To my way of thinking, these thoughts from Oz fit in well here, but not apart from those nasty dynamic tensions we find ourselves in."Christian perfection is not, and never can be, human perfection. Christian perfection is the perfection of a relationship to God which shows itself amid the irrelevancies of human life. When you obey the call of Jesus Christ, the first thing that strikes you is the irrelevancy of the things you have to do, and the next thing that strikes you is the fact that other people seem to be living perfectly consistent lives."
It's fascinating to see, living in the waste land of the real world of His love, how there are unique expressions of the Matrix determined for each person on this planet, or as I like to say, 'a carnival buffet to keep us content in our cages'.
The dialog from the Matrix fits in so well here..The agent is interrogating Morpheus..
"Have you ever stood and stared at it, marveled at its beauty, its genius? Billions of people just living out their lives, oblivious. Did you know that he first Matrix was designed to be a perfect human world where none suffered where everyone would be happy. It was a disaster, no one would accept the program, entire crops were lost. Some believed that we lacked the programming language to describe your perfect world, but I believe that as a species human beings define their reality through misery and suffering. So the perfect world was a dream that your primitive cerebrum kept trying to wake up from, which is why the Matrix was redesigned to this, the peak of your civilization. I say your civilization because when we started thinking for you, it became our civilization which is, of course what this is all about, evolution Morpheus, evolution. Like the dinosaur, look out that window, you had your time, the future is our world Morpheus , the future is our time".
Being established in the Truth of His love is the only way of not succumbing to these nonsensical luring entrapments. I would say right off the bat, the greatest deviation coming out of the Matrix is, it is no longer being crazy glued to the 'how to', but coming to know and see it has always been about Who, Who is our Life, or as Jesus asked, "Who do you say that I Am?
In regards to the 'perfection of relationship with God the Father and showing itself in the irrelevancies of life, this so illustrates what I to am seeing'.
"I once invested a huge amount of energy judging everything in life - bad, good, better, best. now i tend to think along the lines of "it is what it is," and desire to meet each moment, experience, person, encounter, opportunity and adversity with humility and compassion, knowing it all means something for me. even missing or forfeiting opportunities, and bouts of being judgmental and close-minded, and just overall stupidity are helpful because they all lead to suffering, and then suffering becomes my teacher. what it sometimes feels like is that there is this guiding flow of Love that is gently transforming me and seems to have adequately taken into account or factored in my present level of human stupidity and actually uses it!" (from Jim Palmer) http://www.divinenobodies.com/blog/