LIVING IN AN OIL DRUM
Jesus was neither left nor right, progressive or conservative. He simply was. As I AM and living in completeness of being, Jesus multiplies love, truth and life. Jesus has opened a new and living way whereby all may live, move and have their being in the OUR FATHER, rather than in perspectives and positions.
BEING AND BECOMING
John Powell wrote a book entitled, 'Why Am I Afraid to Tell you who I Am.' This classic is as relevant to day as it was when published. The principles in it apply both to individuals and communities, particularly the community of Christian faith. We grow the most from the stand point of what we are rather than what we pretend we are or have been misled to think we are. Powell's work is founded on the truth that human beings are not solid, inert objects like a lump of coal. They are dynamic beings who were born to live in a state of constant becoming and flowering. This is to say that humans can learn and respond to their world, expanding their horizons, growing in grace and enlarging their spirit or doing what Paul described as advancing from glory to glory. This is why our essence is spirit rather than something less like 'law.'
'And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit' 2 Cor 3.18 NIV.
'Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom' 2 Cor 3.17 NIV.
IN STEP WITH THE SPIRIT
People can and do move beyond their mother's ideas and their own rusted on suppositions. There is a way of living in God rather than clinging to our stuff - whether this stuff is our possessions that give us physical security or our ideas that justify who we are and how we see the world - but encase us in self-centeredness. We can find the security our hearts desire in the One place of security - the Father's heart. We can be liberated from stagnation and bigotry in the new and living way who is the person of Jesus Himself.
'But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it' Matt 7.4 NIV.
LIFE UNTO LIFE
There is a way and a mode of being whereby we can live in openness to new ideas and meanings with an expectation of real purpose and infinite possibility. In Jesus we become dead to self and our addiction to junk ideas. In Jesus the intelligent person can be liberated from self generated fables. We acquire the mind of Christ which is the wisdom of God active in our lives. This is the ability to discern that which brings life and that which brings death and to know whether we ourselves are alive or dead. There is a survivor mentality and a flourishing mentality. The former binds us to spiritual poverty and the latter to abundance. We get grace, love and vision because we are not longer survivors. We reign in earth because we are the sons and daughters of God. We have an inheritance as sons rather than as workers.
'When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life' John 8.12 NIV.
We do not have to live like the conservative crouched in an oil drum of our own ideas shouting 'Don't change anything!' through the bung-hole. Not if we have a personal God rather than a generic one; not if we have a God who is real and not just a projection of our ideas about god; not if our Jesus is our personal Jesus and not just a construct we embraced as a church member. We will have a spirit that is alive in God. We will possess a fortified and alive inner man who rejoices in a state of becoming rather than the supposed safety of stagnation. No longer creatures of fear we can reject death and embrace life!
'The fear of the LORD leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble' Prov 19.23 NIV.
'All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it' John 1.3-5 NIV.