YOU - JESUS MANIFEST
I am not against church. I am for the church Jesus builds as an extension of Himself in us. If there is a one thing that makes any of us a Godly person, it is not going to church. It is eating Jesus and being marinated in His Spirit. Being transfused with Jesus life makes anyone more Godly and more human. This combined with the humility to listen to mature elders and with it pay attention to God’s word, furnishes people with a quality of life that eludes practitioners of religious routine. Christ is either our life or other things are.
This is the best definition of Godliness I have found so far. ‘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. This is not about what we do. It’s about who we are and the kind of being we have been become in Christ.
THE NATURE OF SONS
The Godly are not dependent on appearances. Their life is hidden in God. In the old testament many who were circumcised did not live have hearts for God. Religious practices and behaviours afford the naïve a form of godliness and the wily the opportunity to persuade themselves they are spiritual while living for themselves.
Seeking the heart of God, we are surrounded by Him 24/7. In seeking Jesus before all else we are surrounded by the presence of His Spirit and the angels of heaven. We are constantly being mentored and the wisdom of heaven is being revealed to us through every circumstance. Divine life becomes your life in your weekly walk with Jesus. He is with you and in you.
Millions of people are absorbed in the attempt to acquire an identity by attaching themselves to people and things. If it was not so common it would look more pathetic than it does. But it is pathetic to imagine we have added to our sense of self by buying clothes with a certain label.
A believer may attach himself to a celebrity pastor or seek security and a degree of legitimacy in denominational membership. Thousands consume goods and services just like they consume religion. But it is this ‘other husband’ that keeps them dull and dormant while at the same time deluding them that they are a someone. They could have been – if Christ was their life and therefore their identity. People in this situation do not know what a precarious situation is theirs. It will only be God’s banging their heads against the side of the bottle of their illusion that arouses them and restores them to Christian sanity.
JESUS HEALS THE BLIND
‘The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them’ Matt 21.14 NIV.
There are many varieties of collective worship. None have a monopoly as the expression of Jesus. You can have Jesus as a life or Jesus on a day. You can have Jesus Himself or the caricature the industry has made out of selling Him. It pays to be a wise rather than a foolish virgin.
‘The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps’ Matt 25.4 NIV.
What is for certain is that any person or group of persons will flourish in God if Jesus is the vine of their branches. If Jesus really is their bread of life and He is who they eat every day, they will be sustained by infinity. You will lack for nothing. Your heart will be full and rivers of life will spring from your being. You won’t have to pick at promise boxes or persuade yourself that God is real if He is in you and is part of you. In a John 14.20 relationship He knows you and you know Him. He is your reality and you are His daughter/son.