If – March 22nd, 2019

If

Comatose in Christ…

March 22nd, 2019

We think it through. The dots all connect as they appear as they should. If we believe, why do we not respond to him who we believe in?  It makes little sense unless we factor in the enemy’s influence in our lives.

When you stop to consider what we are given, why our response to God isn’t having a greater impact in our lives, our communities, and our world.

If I am a Child of God –

Why am I not representing Him I my daily life?

Seriously, there are moments we all have where we don’t feel like family. We feel isolated and abandoned. Just floating along with no aim, or if we have an objective, it’s not something we’d seek to give to God as an offering.

If I am a Child of God why is Jesus more evident in my life?

It sounds like a relationship problem…

He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

John 1:10-13 (ESV)

There is a transitional point in John’s Gospel that lays between redemption and family unity in Jesus. Vesting our trust in Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf we receive the grace that Christ offers us. It isn’t because of anything we do, it’s because He loves us and gives himself for us, but we must be willing to surrender our reliance on ourselves and place our trust in Him.

Once our salivation is secured, we are not done. This isn’t a finished deal.

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”

“Right to become”, there is more to becoming children of God than just believing. That gets us to the starting line. We now have the ‘right’, but if we are not willing to exercise that right then we have only positioned ourselves where have the opportunity to have that relationship.

It requires a further involvement.

What could that be? Jesus said, “it is finished!”

If we have food –

Why are am I not fully nourished?

That was Christ’s accomplishment, not ours. We need to abide.

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.

John 15:4 (ESV)

Being a part of that family involves me becoming a contributing member of the family. This is apart from our tithes and offerings.

This mean being in The Word as that is the primary means by which we can be fed at the family table. If you recall Jesus’ temptation in the desert, he told the devil who was trying to tempt him we don’t live on bread alone, but every word that comes from the mouth of God.

The stark reality is that every single disciple of Jesus can benefit from greater exposure to the Word of God. We seem to follow the concept of just enough. We see the Word just enough to satisfy our starving heart. We read the scripture enough to complete the Sunday School lesson or prep for the small group we are involved with.

This may offend some people but assess the portion of text you receive on a daily basis. Be that the words we heart spoken, the books we read, and the information flooding our phones constantly. Now consider the percentage of that which is The Word of God or focused on the scripture. Then ask yourself; Am I consuming enough of the Word to be fully nourished in the Word, or am I starving myself spiritually with the junk food of the world?

If we have an advocate –

Why do we not seek his counsel?

My little children, I am writing these things to you so you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

1 John 2:1 (ESV)

Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he told us he wasn’t leaving us alone. He did this because as young children we could become frightened and confused by the sin and corruption that surrounds us.

Yes, there were other reasons but when you consider the role that Jesus and the Father take in our family relationship, the Holy Spirit is our teach and guide. He’s there to provide us the ultimate means of being connected to God that could have ever been devised, He put a part of himself in us.

So, if he lives in us, why is it we would attempt to function in isolation of his guidance and instruction? Why is it we would do not integrate our interaction with him on an equally constant basis as he abides within us?

Are we part of this family we have the right to become part of, or have gone to our room and closed the door not wanting to be bothered? If we are part of this family of God, then perhaps we’ve become the spoiled brat.

If we have faith in Jesus –

Why do we not trust his word?

I say we don’t trust his word because Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. If we have chosen to have faith in Him, we necessary should also trust in His Word. The scripture is all about Jesus and the words penned by its many writers were not their words but the words the Holy Spirit gave them. In obedience to God they put His Word’s down in writing so we would have the love story of God who so desired a relationship with us he sent his only Son to die in our place.

But yet, we fly over passages never giving consideration to how those words apply to us. We read instruction in the Word and yet ignore it because it doesn‘t fit into what we wish to do. We see the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit described and yet we attempt to twist the Word to construct a false image is more in keeping with our lifestyle.

If you love me, you will obey my commandments.
Love the Lord God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind.
You shall have no other gods before me!

Really? If we trust in Jesus why do we not trust His Word?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)

If we truly are trusting Jesus, we also will trust what He tells us. We will not make carve-outs to keep it ‘contemporary’ with the times. We will not make adjustments to The Word to make it ‘practical’ for our lives.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)

It fits our lives; it is practical, it’s so much more than that. It is our blueprint for the life our Master has drawn up for each of us, “If” we will only sit at the table and join the family.

In the Grace of Jesus,
Kip…

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