YOU CAN BREATHE FREELY
A conscientious minister once cried out in exasperation to Jesus, ‘Lord, I just can’t do it anymore.’ ‘Good’ replied Jesus. ‘Now I’ll be can do something with you!’ Giving glory to God is more than engaging in praise and worship and more than being busy for the cause. It is living in what He has done and being who you are in Him. Quite simply it’s belonging.
When we agree with Jesus that we have been drawn into His life we enter the Sabbath rest that the author or Hebrews extols. This starts by possessing the rest that is already ours. It involves Christ manifesting His life in us by the Spirit so that we are sons of our Father in spirit and truth. Rest and fruitfulness is incarnation. The result of this is Kingdom life through you.
WORD BECOMES FLESH
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth’’ John 1.14 NIV.
Individually and collectively we can deny God His glory by dulling ourselves in the law and quenching our spirit and life in religion. The Word [Christ] becomes flesh. The law never does. It atrophies the spirit. The law separates us from God and religion blurs our vision. Union with God – which is ours in which to live, makes us ‘Living words live and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow.’ Heb 4.12 NIV. Christ our life penetrates guff, disposes of it at the cross and replaces it with Christ alive in our being.
We shine brightly as the son when we are fully ourselves in spirit and in truth. As sons of God in fact rather than notionally we are charged with spirit and life because we are alive in the spirit of sonship. Jesus lived in this and has gifted Himself to us as our life.
‘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 NIV.
INCARNATION MEANS CHRIST AS YOU
The glory of God is to be Himself. Your glory is to be you. God is I AM. You are who you are in Christ but never yourself in anything else. This is why Christ and not religion must be our life. It is why union with God and not marriage to the law must be our sustenance and why the persons of the trinity and not abstractions and rules must be the source of our being.
God is ultimately personal and the supreme entity in the universe. Trace everything that is back to its source and we have the trinity. This is why we cannot honour God as an abstraction because this is not what He is. Neither can we be ourselves as rule-keepers and rite observers and be glorious because we are persons and not abstractions. God does not insist that we keep the law. He asks that we receive His Son while Jesus offers to be our life.
‘The command of God is to believe His Son. The testimony of Jesus is ‘I am your life.’’