ROOTED IN DEEP LIFE
We can appear practical and therefore useful and even godly by being an active Christian. And we can do some good. But we can release more spirit and life when we have been active enough to ‘rightly divide the word of truth’ rather than live from a half-gospel. We can release droplets of water or we can irrigate situations with rivers of living water. Jesus warned that action that is not spirit and life advances the Kingdom of God not one jot.
ROOTED IN GOD
A fruitful life is a state of being – of being one with God. This is not your work. It is Christ’s already accomplished work. Believe it.
Our life need not consist of random acts of religiosity or good works conceived in the flesh. In Jesus we now possess the oneness with Father that was His.
Jesus only did what Father was doing because He was one with Father. So are we when we believe we are. By the one Spirit we are equipped with the wisdom to fit God’s purpose as fruitful gardeners. We have become a living channel of His spirit and life. To live in oneness with Jesus is to be one with the trinity and joined to the life-hub of the universe.
We can appear reliable Believer by never questioning anything; by never interrogating what we have been taught and obsessively to pump up the beliefs and traditions of the fathers. Or we can be led personally by Jesus into new areas of life not limited by religion or by limited ideas.
EAGER FOR LIFE
“When he was sitting out of doors mending the nets, and all alone, he would often look eagerly to the North. One could see nothing but a grassy slope running up to a level ridge and beyond that the sky with perhaps a few birds in it. Sometimes if Arsheesh was there Shasta would say, “O my Father, what is there beyond the hill?” And then if the fisherman was in a bad temper he would box Shasta’s ears and tell him to attend to his work. Or if he was in a peaceable mood he would say, “O my son, do not allow your mind to be distracted by idle questions. For one of the poets has said, ‘Application to business is the root of prosperity..’”
We can exhibit a liberal attitude while being bogged in limited ideas. The part of the life-giver is to ‘make crooked paths straight’ – not make a religion out of them.
A sustained application to busyness and a contempt for reflection can eventually lead to torpor, ennui and the decay of the self. In these times an addiction to one’s ideas has led to a denial of the truth and the promotion of lies and lying as a solution to increasing chaos.
The Big Deal of the Roman Empire was Christ come among human beings. The Big Deal right now is Christ in you, Christ in us, Christ incarnating Himself in the church and the church becoming the new creation. The church does not get to be the agent of the New Creation while it is imbued with the law of sin and death.
Distorted ‘truth’ is not a solution to the challenges of the times. The wold and its phenomena is not divided into left and right. The world just is. There is a division though. It’s a demarcation between life and death. We can see well when we look through the Jesus lens and have sufficient humility to be able to learn. When Jesus is our life we can see what is light and what is darkness. Without this as T. S. Eliot said, ‘We have our head-piece filled with straw.’ We are scare-crows instead of sons and daughters of God.
One would hope that followers of Christ would be free of the futility of false facts and confidently uttered lies. Sadly not. Segments of the church stick to their aberrant gospels because they choose – because this is where they think they get their identity and status. But we cannot serve two masters because there is only one truth, one life in God and one Gospel that is the Gospel of the Kingdom.
(1) Lewis, C. S.. The Horse and His Boy (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 3) (p. 1). HarperCollins Publishers. Kindle Edition.