Sunday, January 10, 2010
How Does One Get It?
The quintessential million dollar question being asked all the time of those trying to expound upon living out, living loved, sadly falls upon deaf ears of those with un-renewed minds, trying to adapt and adopt this freeing and thrilling good news much like trying to make a new piece of cloth fit with the torn religious garments they have been wearing.
What God the Father is doing in building his church, he has NO need to duplicate or clone to adapt to whatever the buzz-word term happens to be (ex. ‘free believer’, ‘free ranger’, etc.)
This mystery gospel has and continues to be deciphered by one source alone, God the Holy Spirit, aka, the Spirit of grace and truth. To elucidate this further, let’s take a look at what scripture says in this regard. “In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life~So get rid of all uncleanness and the rampant outgrowth of wickedness, and in a humble (gentle, modest) spirit receive and welcome the Word which implanted and rooted [in your hearts] contains the power to save your souls.”
Until the realization-revelation dawns upon us that it isn’t something we get, rather it’s someone who has gotten (into) us in way and fashion that is irreversible, we will blindly continue clamouring over trying to get into some (one) thing we’re already IN!
I love how my wife dramatically illustrated this “getting it” with me today while listening to a pod-cast. She likened it to any one of us who up to a certain point had been getting swimming lessons, but our experience had been confined to the safety of the shallow end. Along comes the Divine Lifeguard, and what does He do? He tells us simply to trust in Him, leads us to the deep end…and then abruptly pushes us in! Oh, we can see him standing there, smiling, arms crossed across his chest, as we struggle and sputter. “Save me!” we scream in our panic. “Oh, you’ll be just fine!” He calmly replies, totally unconcerned with our crazed thrashing. “I’m right here! Just stop struggling. I’ve given you the ability to float! Just relax!”
Upon the initial discovery of his direct and personal involvement in our life (and this seemingly becomes often more apparent when one has been led out of the matrix of religion), we thought our growth and maturation was dependent upon the swimming principles but in fact what we thought was ‘swimming’ was being done in the safety of three feet of water.
What none of us sees at first is that within the overwhelming seriousness of suddenly finding ourselves in over our heads, lies the newly engrafted innate ability to discover who and whose we are. It is out of the abundance and overflow of his consuming love for us we begin taking the necessary baby steps, drinking in of his unconditional love, freeing us from the knee-jerk reactions that are so deeply entrenched, freeing us from being consumed with fear.