He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together (Colossians 1:15-17 HCS)
Jesus Christ holds it all together. From the smallest particle of energy to the majestic expanse of the universe, Christ holds it all together. He is the source through which all life flows. In the beginning was the Word, Jesus Christ, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He is the source of all life.
The source of all sound, that which is good, right, noble, creative, uplifting, and energizing is Christ and is in Christ. Yet, evil is all around us. In evil there is a constricted, discordant sound that penetrates the universe – a sound of darkness. This universal sound of evil exists, trying to exert dominion but Christ has indeed triumphed over all evil.
Goodness and love itself in Christ has not eradicated the sound of evil. It is still here, at least for now. The young man had a choice in what he wanted to hear. The reality of his life made him run in desperation to anything that would ease or totally annihilate the universal sound of hopelessness – “It is what it is.” He tried Christianity, being exposed to it as a young child but it did nothing for Him. To him, Christianity was nothing more than a veneer of God-speak lacquered over a non-essential form called religion. “Why bother?” he thought.
It’s true you know. Religion tries to cover itself with a facade of relevance but that only masks what it actually is – a sound source of laws and rules, devoid of life. But, Jesus is not deterred or dismayed by anything that seemingly stands in the way of reaching a person.
All along there was another sound building in the young man. He often thought, “There’s got to be more than this.” These words flowed through his DNA, a small glimmer of light and hope amidst the intruding darkness. Reality held him captive to the universal sound but hope somehow managed to find a way into the young man’s heart.
Every young man has an inner resolve to live life to its fullest. Yet, we all know that this is not often how it is. Life, with its inevitable chaos, often made the young man feel as if he was not actually in charge of his destiny. He felt that somehow a source outside himself was pulling him in different directions. He often felt off-centered.
He felt somewhat at a standstill in life. Caught between the tension of bad and worse, he had to find a way out or submit to the fact that this is what it is and life will never get any better than what he saw all around him.
Christ seeks a relationship with young men everywhere. The mundane form of Christianity that we often see today does not limit Jesus in reaching a person. What do I mean by that? Christianity at large packages Jesus Christ in many predictable ways: go to church, hear a sermon, accept salvation, join a Bible study, listen to uplifting Christian music, blah, blah, blah – these are robotic contrived life patterns that the young man simply refused to submit to.
So what’s a God to do with this? Well it is not that hard. God shows up in unique and diverse places to meet us right where we are. The Living Word, Jesus Christ, sounds forth in love to draw all men to Him.
To a prophet:
“Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you: A prophet to the nations–– that’s what I had in mind for you.” But I said, “Hold it, Master God! Look at me. I don’t know anything. I’m only a boy!” God told me, “Don’t say, ‘I’m only a boy.’ I’ll tell you where to go and you’ll go there. I’ll tell you what to say and you’ll say it. Don’t be afraid of a soul. I’ll be right there, looking after you.” God ‘s Decree (Jeremiah 1:5-8 Message)
In a palace:
God gave these four young men knowledge and skill in both books and life. In addition, Daniel was gifted in understanding all sorts of visions and dreams (Daniel 1:17 Message)
In the middle of the night:
God called again, “Samuel!” ––the third time! Yet again Samuel got up and went to Eli, “Yes? I heard you call me. Here I am.” That’s when it dawned on Eli that God was calling the boy (1 Samuel 3:8 Message)
On a dusty road:
He set off. When he got to the outskirts of Damascus, he was suddenly dazed by a blinding flash of light. As he fell to the ground, he heard a voice: “Saul, Saul, why are you out to get me?” He said, “Who are you, Master?” “I am Jesus, the One you’re hunting down. 6 I want you to get up and enter the city. In the city you’ll be told what to do next (Acts 9:3-6 Message)
By a fishing boat:
When they pulled in that catch of fish, awe overwhelmed Simon and everyone with him. It was the same with James and John, Zebedee’s sons, coworkers with Simon. Jesus said to Simon, “There is nothing to fear. From now on you’ll be fishing for men and women.” They pulled their boats up on the beach, left them, nets and all, and followed him (Luke 5:9-11 Message)
Can you see? It is quite clear that the drawing sound of Jesus Christ is a reality that pierces the darkest of situations. He speaks in many different ways and in many different places. He finds those He wants to find with a pinpoint accuracy. Why is that?
“You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you (John 15:16 Message)
Divine Love in Christ chooses you. You do not choose Him. He draws you to Himself with grace, and love and goodness in the midst of the violent upheavals of life. It is His faith, the faith of the Son of God, which draws you to Himself. He loves you.
He shows you who you really are, your destiny, and your future in Him. When you least expect it, He sees the time is right and reveals Himself to you. That is what you are looking for right? You want reality – not Christian hype or the façade of religion. You want reality. You want Christ and may not even know it. But, He does.
I have confidence and assurance that young men (and young women, old men, old women and all in between) will hear His sound above all other sounds and will draw them to Himself. He who is the one, the way, the truth and the life.
So this young man who I have been writing about. His circumstances seem to dictate that nothing good will come out of His life. It seems that he is lost amidst the mundane. It appears that hope is fleeting and faith is waning day by day. But, Jesus Christ knows that life is meant to be lived in His grace and His truth. And, He knows where the young man is and He knows where you are. Right now. He is the door to life. Just enter in.
In Christ, Debra Westbrook
Rivers of Eden Ministry is called to challenge people to a life of creativity, revelation and intimacy in Christ. Marvin and I look forward to hearing from you, allowing us the opportunity to minister in the grace and love of Christ in your gathering, church, home group or conference. Currently we are planning a trip to Kenya in July in which we are looking forward to establishing new relationships with leaders for a Kingdom purpose. Contact us on Facebook or Twitter for more information.