Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Is It Any Wonder


From day one until we go to be with the Father, it will always be nothing more or less, but revelation. I don’t care how you slice or dice it folks, no matter what persuasion or flavour you hale from, it’s going to be the goodness of God bringing you to see.
We cannot see apart from Him opening the eyes of our heart, and that is but a continuous unfolding celebration of Life!

“The spirit of this world has blinded the minds of those who do not believe, and prevents the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, the image of God, from shinning on them. For it is Christ Jesus as Lord whom we preach, not ourselves; we are your servants for Jesus’ sake. God, who first ordered light to shine in darkness, has flooded our hearts with his light. We now can enlighten men only because we can give them knowledge of the glory of God, as we see it in the face of Jesus Christ.”

Last weekend while enjoying a movie with my wife, as usual the trailers for the up coming movies came on. One of them was a movie entitled “Blindness,” when a sudden plague of blindness devastates a city. The story goes on from there, I hope to see it.
Point being, we were all born blind to the reality of God, the true God and Father of total unconditional love and acceptance. Without this reality invading our world, is it any wonder we are so screwed up, not just before the light and truth of seeing Him for the first time entered our lives, but for many a very long time afterwards as well.

It is this issue I want to share some thoughts on.
Concern over relationships among Christians is a healthy sign. This can be understood when you consider the absolutely wretched state of relationship in the world generally. We have never known a time when human relationship was in such a miserable state as it is today. Even so, this aspect of the human experience is not even an issue for most of the non-Christian world. It is an encouraging sign, therefore, that at least Christians are concerned with their interactions with each other.

As with every aspect of human existence, relationship consists of much more than is apparent in the physical. The health of our relationships with one another requires both healthy motivations and healthy responses to those motivations. Healthy relationships with one another require a healthy, working relationship with the Father. Too often relationships between people appear caring and loving when, in reality, the prime motivation of the relationship is using. Often, one or both parties in a relationship are consciously or unconsciously using each other. We as Christians are often unable to bring ourselves to see and admit the true state of our relationships. We cannot admit that we interact with each other based only (or partially) on what we can get from each other. One of the terrible consequences of this inability to face the truth about our relationships is that Christians as a group, have become justifiably infamous as users.

I’m going to stop here for right now, there is so much more on my heart dealing with the truth as the Truth Himself is dealing with me, stay tuned, don’t touch that dial.

Rich

3 comments:

DAVE ALDRICH said...

I am beginning to see more clearly that which you've been speaking on for a while, Bro.

I'm not sure if this fits here but I'm seeing that the whole idea of fellow followers "encouraging" one another with platitudes of basically, "I'm okay, you're okay... we're just at different levels" needs to finally stop us in our tracks and wonder if we're talking about some multiple, optional truths. Our eyes need to begin to see in black and white regarding this. Mine like all have been tainted with many gray areas which all derive from my flesh trying to reason this life.

I don't know how this fits or if it makes sense but just wanted to add it here.

Thanks, Bro, for continuing to help me sort out my own own place.

Amy said...

Rich,
Great post!!

"We cannot see apart from Him opening the eyes of our heart, and that is but a continuous unfolding celebration of Life!" - Rich

Beautiful!

"....Point being, we were all born blind to the reality of God, the true God and Father of total unconditional love and acceptance. Without this reality invading our world, is it any wonder we are so screwed up, not just before the light and truth of seeing Him for the first time entered our lives, but for many a very long time afterwards as well."
AND...
"We have never known a time when human relationship was in such a miserable state as it is today. Even so, this aspect of the human experience is not even an issue for most of the non-Christian world. It is an encouraging sign, therefore, that at least Christians are concerned with their interactions with each other."
AND...
"Healthy relationships with one another require a healthy, working relationship with the Father. Too often relationships between people appear caring and loving when, in reality, the prime motivation of the relationship is using."
AND...
"One of the terrible consequences of this inability to face the truth about our relationships is that Christians as a group, have become justifiably infamous as users."

All of these are...so (sadly) true.

Indeed, what Father has been showing me, as well, is to get outside my-SELF, and by looking upon Father's incredible self-less LOVE, He enables me to love from a pure heart...not with any agendas for using. Of course, I'm still a work-in-progress with this, as it does take time to unravel (a life-time) such self-centeredness that has been handed down from the Fall......but I'm so grateful that I'm finally receiving His wonderful work, and see "baby-steps" occuring within my heart, actions and thoughts to LOVE people with a genuine love that doesn't expect something in return for my own favor.

Look foward to reading more about this, Rick...

Blessings,
~Amy :)
http://amyiswalkinginthespirit.blogspot.com

Rich said...

Dave,

Yes, wonderful what you are seeing Bro, it is so totally foreign to us to begin to think outside of how we have always thought and seen ourselves.

Its as if we keep pinching ourselves to see how loving we think we might be, all the while this relegated to our fleshly mind sets, not realizing the only love we have for anyone including the Lord is His love in us as us.

Why do we think that this LOVE is some kind of supernatural fuzzy feeling, ergo, we now can love just like Him. It is NO longer the spirit of God coming upon us like the saints of old, it is a moment by moment quickening within us, and that sometimes can be a feeling, but more often than not it is a deep knowing it is Him!

I hope this makes sense, ha, there again we have to make sense of it before we think we know anything...we have the mind of Christ, wow, go figure!! :)

Bro, we're sorting things out together, you have richly blessed and encouraged my life in Him.