It’s easy to stagnate if we are living from a bit of truth. New birth may entail a new life born of the revelation that what we have believed all our lives was at best a misunderstanding and at worst a lie.
Eternal life is found in the unremitting pursuit of real life.
We need to ask ourselves where we are getting our identity and our sense of wholeness from. If we are getting it from externalities we are set for disappointment and depletion. The person with an ill-formed identity seeks to build a self from acquisitions – like shopping at the right shops, buying the right brands and living in the right neighbourhood. Or if raised in religion our identity may be tied to the imagined status of a denomination and adhering to its beliefs.
This is fine so long as our gospel is Christ’s gospel and not the kind of gospel Paul described as ‘another gospel’ that attracts a curse.
The life of God – the gospel in Christ may be applied in many ways, because it is spirit and life. Being spirit and omnipresent this presence of God is everywhere we are. God is in us and with us as Jesus promised. But it is much more than just a religion. We have been drawn into the fellowship of the trinity. This is our inheritance, the treasure we have claimed from the field and the flesh and blood of Jesus that we eat and drink.
Christ becoming our life is the new covenant in spirit and in truth. We have been interwoven with the being of God. So to imagine that all we have to do is to bolt Holy Spirit and the gifts on to an old covenant understanding is not good enough. Such a life will perish for lack of soil. On this matter J Baxter Kruger observes,
“We want a quick fix, but that is not how it works. For the life Jesus lives with his Father and Spirit and the life we live in our darkness don’t fit together like a hand in a glove. Jesus has forever included us in his world, but we are scared to death, and we bring with us a deeply alienated way of looking at things, a profound wrong-headedness and confusion.
REPENTING OF PRETENDING
If we are to come to experience Jesus’ Father and His endless love, we must face why we don’t. We must face our wrong-headedness, our pretending, running and hiding, and our warped view of God, others and life itself. And that hurts. In the end, and at all points in between, we face a simple choice. We either embrace the good hurt, the life-giving and liberating pain of our enlightenment in Jesus, which gives way to sheer joy in the Father’s embrace, or we continue to live in our own worlds, where our way of seeing things produces deeper and deeper alienation and brokenness.” (1)
We don’t always get broken. Sometimes we just fade away because we will not repent of the wrong-headedness we have chosen to live by. The fullness of Jesus is always accessible. He is in you and with you and more. So is the Holy Family. You are never alone and you don’t have to jump through any hoops. God has woven you into Himself and has woven Himself into you. Only believe.
(1) Kruger, C. Baxter. Across All Worlds: Jesus Inside Our Darkness (Kindle Locations 185-193). Perichoresis, Inc. Kindle Edition.