For so many of us who claim the name of Jesus we desperately need the Holy Spirit to do his transformative work in us in 2013. Some of us with this great need even have some desire to “get around to it” but lack the vision. They so desire their church to be a teaching partner with the Holy Spirit to show them the vision and the means.
The Vision for Christlikeness that needs to be taught and cast within the church is the safest place on Earth is living in the Kingdom of God right here and right now. The Kingdom is where what God wants done IS done! It is living in His will. When we get that so much legalistic garbage that manifests itself in our lives as “trying” in our power to be good and avoid evil ceases as we learn the objective is to live in God’s will and allow Him to deal with the good and the bad. Again I must remind you that Pastor Bonhoeffer relentlessly taught his seminarians that basic fact to forget the attempts at good and bad and get in His will. When we are in His will we partake in His divine power and when we partake in His divine power we have everything we need for life and godliness. Don’t take my word for it read this:
3 “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” 2 Peter 1:3-4 NIV 1984
We when we live in God’s will we abide in His divine power and everything else we may NEED follows. This is not a promise to fulfill our WANTS, there is no such promise 21st Century believer! God just deals with our daily provisional NEEDS and when we live in His will they are met. BOOK IT!!
Another way to look at it is:
30 “If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:30-33
Now it is all well and good to post those scriptures for you (I could post several more in this context) but I have been contemplating recently just what effect the TRUTH of scripture has on the 21st Century believer. For example if the majority of 21st Century believers really BELIEVED just the two verses above would it not be readily apparent in what we heard from pulpits across the USA and what we see in the majority of Christians lives? A difference in the pulpit speak as a function of congregant demand for truth to LIVE by TODAY! A difference in the lives of the believer because of knowing the TRUTH of the VISION of LIVING IN THE KINGDOM and acting upon it through though, word and deed.
In early 2011 we began a series on THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT. Why? Because these words are the words of Jesus teaching us the vision of what it is like to live in the Kingdom NOW and because we were so struck by Pastor Bonhoeffer’s relentless teaching to his seminaries on these passages day in and day out. These words should be our response to the LIFE that begins at the CROSS!
We have covered ANGER, LUST, LYING, LOVING OUR ENEMIES, PRIDE, MATERIALISM and WORRY. All our defeated living in the KINGDOM, the WILL of GOD. No counseling, no drugs, no self-help, no duplicity , no shame, no guilt JUST RADICAL INTENT to LIVE IN THE KINGDOM! Once the VISION is clear and the INTENT solid the MEANS are a routine life with letting the HOLY SPIRIT take you to JESUS to be, think and act like Him through the spiritual practices. Very cost-effective in a down economy.
Wake up friend and REALLY LIVE IN 2013!!!
I also urge you to do one thing for yourself – STOP get away to a quiet spot NOW and EVERYDAY and tell the HOLY SPIRIT you want to live an ABUNDANT LIFE in 2013 and on, ask Him to take you to JESUS the MASTER to get the full plan one day at a time, then show up as HIS APPRENTICE and WORK with MASTER everyday.
Eugene Peterson put it so well:
28-30“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly– THE MESSAGE Matthew 11:28-30
MAY YOU HAVE A TRANSFORMATIVE 2013 my friend living freely and lightly with THE MASTER JESUS!