I value education. Open-mindedness, rich ideas and informed conversation are a tonic. I get a lot of satisfaction from a television program that showcases the world of innovative, informed, risk-taking farmers filled with a spirit of enterprise. Why their appeal? They are alive! On behalf of Jesus we are sowers who go forth to sow. We work in the tradition of Jesus. Not of the scribes. We sow life.
The Holy Spirit is a person, not an entity. Holy Spirit does not exist as an end in Himself. He lives to reveal the glory of Jesus and the Father. The heavenly personages live to expand the Kingdom of Heaven. The advance of this Kingdom grows out of the seed cast into the ground that became the tree of life or as Jesus called Himself, the Living Vine. Holy Spirit is poured out as the first installment of all that was achieved and all that is to follow - the Kingdom of Jesus that fills the entire earth. This is His Kingdom of life.
LIFE AS YOU
The ministry of the Holy Spirit takes place as a result of what Father achieved in His Son: A new and living way; a new covenant between God and man. This is the mystery of Godliness revealed in us as Christ our life. This dynamic is simple yet profound, practical and spiritual. It is Jesus. God's living word, written not with ink or on stone. But written in our hearts by the Spirit to be seen and witnessed in the world AS YOU!
A friend remarked to me once, 'You are fortunate. You are able to grow spiritually more than some of us because you have time to study.' It’s not about ‘having time to study.’ It’s about not living fenced off in a paddock that Jesus did not place you in.
I am what I am not because I read the Bible or Christian books. I have an intense hunger for Jesus. We don't receive the life of Jesus through study. Contrary to popular opinion the spirit-life that is God does not become us by books or by Bible study. He enters us by the Spirit. He becomes one with us and we one with Him. Why? Because He does. This is the incarnation: The key fact of the new testament age.
‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV. At least you will if you refuse to accommodate yourself to doctrinal brainwashing.
We receive Jesus by desiring Him. We obtain nothingness, other than a shell of religion by living from a Christian routine. By instructing our hearts to eat Jesus we receive Him. He has already received us!
There's a 'Rachael syndrome' that explains why some of the busiest church people are the most spiritually dead. Once in a home group I prayed for more of God. A well-meaning friend steeped in performance orientation ‘corrected me.’ She said, 'Lord, help Keith to be more active in working for you.' ‘Rachael,’ not her real name, has lived a life of largely pointless activity and confusion. She has never been fruitful in anything she starts and most of what she starts is still-born. She has never understood that life in the Spirit of Jesus is the life that imparts life to anything else we do. Never understood it because she is fixated on earning her acceptance with God.
Unless we eat His flesh and drink His blood there is no life in us. Lot's of activity yes, but none of the life of God. Like many, Rachael has not accepted that all that Jesus has done for her does not create an obligation hanging over her head. But a gift of life - His life in us, His life as us.
'For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself' John 5.26 NIV. With Christ as your life, you will have life in yourself.
A desire for Jesus and a thirst for more of God fills us with His presence. Unless we eat His flesh and drink His blood we have no life in us. In the simple stance of agreeing that we are incarnated with God we become spirit and life itself. Evangelism is fruitful when it is sourced in love - not when it occurs from duty. In the latter case it’s about you. Don't expect to multiply the presence of heaven and its supernatural life if what we are doing is motivated by a sense of service or duty (legal obligation). Rivers of life flow out of those who are spirit and life. These are the instigators of the new creation.
‘Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen--the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's new creation’ Rev 3.14 NIV. Jesus is the start of the new creation. You are the means of it. There is nothing as enjoyable as releasing His new creation life just by being you!