Sunday, February 17, 2013

On Being Born a Second Time.8

For God so loved the world that he sacrificed his only son. Whoever believes in him shall not die but receive everlasting life. Do you believe this?


--Jesus





Jesus, at the tender age of 12, gently reminded his "earthly" parents that he had to be about his father's "business".  The word can be translated house.  He was in fact enlarging their view of things that there was no place in his Father's universe that wasn't part of his business and therefore had perfect authority to fearlessly tread where the Spirit took him.

Sacrificing something we love, like our sons for war, to higher purposes has become such a normal part of our worldview we rarely reflect on how Jesus' love for his father's Will and world have shaped mankind profoundly.

Think about this: who can best describe the battle, the spectator or the warrior?  Jesus, the son, fought the battle for the souls of men, learning obedience through the suffering.  Learning the kind of experiential obedience to His Father's Perfect Will that He calls ALL his followers to learn.  It is in the Perfect Will we learn Perfecting Love! Then, rather than spend life shriveling under the perishable effects of unbelief, we experience His Life, Light, and Love flowing, enriching, empowering us to fearlessly do His business!

Let us run away from a faith that calls us to learn theories or theologies and run toward the author and perfecter of loving, obedient faith!  That is the belief in Him that opens the way to true Life!

Do you believe this?