THE JOY OF THE SELF THAT IS ACTUALLY YOU
Ever since I was a small boy I have seen joy in life. No longer a boy but an ageing man I rejoice in the ordinary where the glory of creation and the wonder of being is found in ordinary things like trees and rivers. There is glory in ordinary people living out their extraordinary selves. Particularly is this so when Christ is explicitly their life.
We are not legitimately authorised to purvey a glass half empty of life because this is our perspective and what amounts to ‘another gospel.’ As ministers of the new covenant we are mandates to display and shed abroad Christ luxurious spirit and life.
We write these posts because Christ is life and because every person has a right to all of the life that is theirs in the extravagance of the infinite life that is ours in re-birth.
Humans have a glory that is their own reflection of their origins in the trinitarian womb of God. Thanks to common grace – the indwelling of God in all - many express the glory of God in their being and in their work. But it overflows when we live as who we are as the sons/daughters of God. I have a photo of my wife taken on her recent trip to Cambodia. She is playing a game with some kids in a Cambodian village and carrying a little boy on her hip. There is glee on the face of the child and glory in the face of my wife. She is simply being who God made her to be in that situation.
Of course there is degradation about. And ignorance. But this is why we are the Message of the life of Christ. We are armed with the truth that all humanity has been received and certified into His life that is our companionship with God and real life itself. Ministry is to impart this invitation and ensure that people can embrace every bit of the inheritance that is theirs.
THE EYES HAVE IT
I was with Karli Patterson (not her real name) one afternoon in Collins Street in Melbourne. We were catching a tram. In the swirl of the life around us, I remarked on our how wonderful the busy-ness, noise and colour was. Karli would have none of it. She described it as smelly and gross, which some of it was. But she lived in legalism and does to this day. Could there be a connection between sin consciousness and life-blindness? I believe so.
DOOR TO LIFE
My daughter has a friend who began life as a non-believer. He told her that he would go to venues and celebrations of various kinds and come away disconsolate and somewhat annoyed. The events failed to satisfy his heart. Later he came to the Lord and the irritation vanished. He said it vanished because he had become joined to the spirit of life.
Life in the flesh, no matter how diligent or active is never fullness of life. In Adam and Moses we are in the flesh and in the invidious situation that Christ has not come in our flesh because the letter resides there. We are not alive.
In the Spirit of Life we are alive with SPIRIT AND LIFE. Significantly the deacons of the first church, Godly people of practicality and truth were chosen on the basis of being full of wisdom and the Holy Spirit. Teachability, spirit, life and wisdom are found together. Grace is the Door to understanding and opportunity – and ever more spirit and life. But the gifts are not spirit and life. Incarnation and oneness with God is spirit and life.
YOUR BELIEFS BECOME YOU
Whether we are really alive and sensitive to life as Believers depends on what we are believing. In The Power of Right Belief, Joseph Prince unveils the infinite life that flows to us from the truth. Truth is a way, a person and a life – God in us and God as us. Ignorance is not truth.
Something is not true because we want it to be as Trump and his followers maintain. Something is true because evidence supports the statements we make about ourselves and the world. Ultimately truth is true because it is aligned with God because God is reality and we are in God.
I suspect that we all have to start in unbelief, legalism and religion. We must learn by personal experience that this does not satisfy in order to advance into the second part of life. This is our new covenant union with God. The lie that life can be found in religion is one of the conceits of the knowledge of good and evil. Droplets of life can. But rivers of life are there for us in our new covenant union with God.
‘When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ Col 3.4 NIV.
Most of us have to experience the truth of the lie of religion before we can move on to a life in God. We were made to live in God. We do this in Jesus Christ who lives in us and places our spirit in God. You may be walking around in your workplace on earth but your spirit is in God in fellowship with Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And God is in you. Oneness is a fact that is real for us when we believe it. Christ is our life. In Jesus we are joined to life itself. Stephen Morrison writes,
“Creation is the by-product of divine joy and of God’s desire to be with mankind. Simply put, the Triune God wants us to be. In love, God wills for the human race to exist, and not only to exist, but to truly live in fellowship with Him, to take part in His unending joy.” (1)
ITS ABOUT JOY IN BEING ALIVE
‘He wants us to be’. True holiness and wholeness is found in being. In you simply being you. Not just any you but the ‘you’ that is the new creation you as a son/daughter of God. There’s nothing holy Joe about this – nothing religious. You are the I AM of yourself as a son/daughter of God.
People can give their entire lives to the Lord in ministry. They impart religion but what we are called to multiply is Christ our life. We are always sons by definition but only when Christ is our life are we sons in spirit and in truth.
(1) Morrison, S. D.. We Belong: Trinitarian Good News (p. 18). Beloved Publishing. Kindle Edition.