Thinking is good. Thoughtlessness can leave us out of petrol and walking five kilometres to the nearest petrol bowser. A refusal to think can leave us vulnerable to manipulation by others who have thought of ways to increase their influence and advantage through our passivity. They rely on the possibility that a number of us will not be thoughtful enough to perceive that what they have seduced us into has DEPRIVED US OF US.
All great art and labour saving technology comes from thoughtfulness. A gifted composer may hold the entire concerto in his mind before it gets to paper. A scientist may discover a new medical advance because she has spent ours investigating phenomena. But the break-through came in a flash of insight, a revelatory kind of thought.
Life does not flow from the brain-dead and political hacks.
Thought is needed to break the shackles of nonsense and to set us free from cunningly devised fables. Thought is required to make our way into the freedom of liberated captives so that Jesus’ mission was not in vain. Thought will reveal the inheritance that is ours as a result of the cross whereas indolence will leave us in pedestrian variants of slavery and ‘godliness’ without power.
Jesus undid the separation between us and God that Adam wrought on us all. Jesus superseded the laws of Moses with His own person in us, with us and as us because He has become our life. This is life in the Spirit.
Did you know that you can minister in some of the gifts, yet not be ‘in the Spirit?’ This is because we are in the law/religion and thus in separation from God.
THOUGHTS OF DEATH/THOUGHTS OF LIFE
When we are thoughtful enough to comprehend and act on this we can transcend the attempt to think our way into union with God because we are already there. That is, we are if we are living in what is ours: The incarnation.
Because Jesus is our life all that is His is ours and we and our Father are one. So we can rest in being and be fruitful as a result. Baxter Kruger explains how Jesus is the vine who unites us with the root of our being.
NOT JUST UNION
“The Christian God is interested in relationship with us, and not just relationship, but union, and not just union, but such a union that everything He is and has—all glory and fullness, all joy and beauty and unbridled life—is to be shared with us and to become as much ours as it is His. The plan from the beginning, in the Christian vision, is that God would give Himself to us, and nothing less, so that we could be filled to overflowing with the divine life.” C Baxter Kruger, The Undoing of Adam. (1)
Once we have advanced from the first part of life into this part where we are interwoven into the being of God, we can live from our being. We are a daughter/son and alive in the Spirit of sonship. We have been reborn from the Adam of the flesh into Jesus, the Second Adam of the Spirit.
Each in our unique way has become a unique manifestation of the trinity who are in us and with us. We are the sons of God not notionally as in religion but in spirit and in truth because Christ has come in our flesh. So now our ministry is more than a well prepared talk. It is an occasion of spirit and life.
RELIGION MADE OF BLOCKED TRUTH
Richard Rohr observes that life bubbles up from a source deeper than the mind. He writes, “Yes, the mind is good at thinking. But so much so that most humans, like Descartes, think they are their thinking. Yes, the mind likes to think, but until it learns to listen to others, to the body, the heart, and all the senses, it also uses itself to block everything it does not like to do or to acknowledge … Yes, the mind welcomes education, but it also needs to be uneducated, to learn how much of what it “knows” is actually mere conditioning and prejudice.” (2)
BEING IN GOD - SONS
If our religion is grounded in the law or a more sophisticated working out of a belief system, we will be our thinking. Our life will be the result of the insulation of the self from the truth of being. Our habit will be the continual erection of fictions that preserve our repetitive thinking but which deny us our real being – deny the truth of who we are as sons in spirit and in truth.
BEING ALIVE IN FULL
‘For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring’ Acts 17.28 NIV.
‘For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ Col 3.3,4.
The day that we realise that Christ is our life and enter into Him is the day that we have exited the realm of the knowledge of good and evil and entered our life in God to live in the spirit of sonship. This is the realm of being. Of being sons. This is the day that your real rebirth has commenced.
(2) Rohr, Richard. The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See (pp. 56-57). The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.