God Sees – People Don’t

With Brave Wings, She FliesHow can I be hidden in plain sight? Isn’t that a contradiction? God sees all and knows all. Yet, people don’t. I am not hidden from God. I am hidden in God in Christ.

For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:3 NKJVS)

His hand hides me in the midst of people. Strange but true. The ways of the kingdom are contrary to the wisdom of man. In other words, God seems to do things that we don’t always understand. That’s a good thing. I am never hidden from God’s sight. He knows me intimately through and through.

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well (Psalms 139:13-14 NKJVS)

Knowing that God sees me makes it a bit difficult to reconcile why a God that loves me beyond measure would set me in a hidden place. It does not make sense does it? Yet, I see so many gifted, anointed people just sitting and waiting while the chosen few seem to get ahead, pass us by, get lifted higher and higher in being seen, build bigger ministry platforms, and have great favor among the people. Many followers run here, there and everywhere wanting to be part of something bigger than themselves and they see that they can receive that from these ministries. This all seems to be a bit askew to me. This story comes to mind.

The story is told of an occasion where St. Thomas Aquinas was walking with a prelate through one of the grand cathedrals of his day. Referring to a coffer filled with precious coins, the prelate remarked, “Behold, Master Thomas, the church can no longer say, as St. Peter, ‘Silver and gold have I none!’” St. Thomas was apparently quick with his retort, “Alas, neither can we say what follows, ‘In the name of Jesus Christ, rise up and walk.’”

My father, raised during the depression of the 1920’s, used to tell me. “Honey, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” So what about today in the world at large and in western Christianity? The middle class gets smaller and smaller and smaller. The rich are getting richer and richer and richer. The poor are getting poorer and poorer. One calls it income inequality or an unfair distribution of wealth. Confirming this reality is a book I am reading called, Plutocrats. The rich are building their own kingdoms amidst the reality of increasing poverty, holding numerous passports AND paying homage to no country. In fact, they create their own countries among themselves. For whatever it is worth, I can see some similarities in what is happening in the world  and in the church at large. Why don’t you give it some thought? It seems to me that these iconic ministries, formidable church structures are creating their own kingdoms, enjoying the wealth, prosperity and fame it brings to them. They create a kingdom among themselves. There is so much to say about this. Let me go on. 

Amidst the grandeur of what is around us in Christianity, it seems good to get back to simplicity in Christ. In this transition before those who are hidden are pulled out into leadership, many stay hidden in plain sight. What does that really mean for me? I am choosing to submit to God’s way for me in this season. I can tell you that I tried to get out of this hidden state but no matter what I tried or did not try, I stayed hidden in plain sight.

Over and over, the gifts in me, any talent within me, the anointing of Holy Spirit, purpose, and passion was passed over in a myriad of ways. Choices had to be made. I could cry from the rooftops, hand out resumes to every conceivable ministry or church,  and force people to see me. Tried some of that. Didn’t work so I was more frustrated

So I did the opposite. I sat back and served. I was a good girl not rocking the boat. Again, despite my best efforts to conform to the church’s standard at large, I stayed hidden.

Perhaps you are wondering: What’s the difference? Why all the tension? Aren’t you making this harder than what it really is? What’s the big deal? Just get out there and do something.

Do we realize that as we mature in Christ, that this is NOT an option? In the process of maturing in Christ,  it is no longer an option to choose our way, whatever that looks like and however we can get it to work. Maturity brings with it a conforming to the image and the hand of God for my life. I don’t want just anything. In this season of my life, I want ME, the best me in Christ for this next step of the journey. What is God up to?

Well, it is twofold. He is teaching me to walk in the simplicity of Christ in complete trust so that His glory will be seen in my life, not me. He is teaching me to trust Him for His timing and purpose. And, at the same time, He is preparing his church at large, the Body of Christ, to look past the externals, the big names, etc. to open their eyes to see that there are many filled to abundance being passed over right in their midst. He is working on the church or the Body of Christ (whatever you want to call it – Christendom)  to accept ME and YOU for who we are, not trying to conform us to the current Christian standard or trend so that community and authentic Christianity can be built true to form and fashion in Christ.

Some Christian leaders can have people sitting in their midst, precious, creative, full of wisdom and grace AND what do they do? Nothing, Absolutely nothing. They proceed to take the same path that they always have, not willing to change or to see. Christians seem to want to grab hold of a sure thing, be part of some existing ministry or movement, rather than move into something creative and new and fresh. OR others want to stay in the same rut, the same way that they have been doing it for many years. There are problems to numerous to focus on. One thing is clear. Great shifting is taking place, great change is upon us and God is moving in our midst, His way. For that I am grateful for all that is happening and will happen in my life.

DebraIn Christ,
Debra

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One Way: A Door Opens Into A Broad Place

Jesus said to him, “ I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6 NKJVS)

The beauty revealed in this truth opens a wide door, allowing me to step onto a path of revelation. In exploring the depths of Jesus Christ, a way opens into adventure and exploration. Yet, it all starts with the beauty of a simple revelation. Get the basics down and the rest just seems to fall into place. That is where I am today. Getting back to the basics of simplicity in Christ.

JesusJesus is the way. If I ignore the simplicity of this revelation, I only keep searching and searching for something newer, bigger, better, or trendier.

Jesus is the way. This truth is quite controversial, yet it stands despite anything that attempts to bring it down.

There are other paths, other ways, yet over time, they prove to be just illusions. Why? Jesus Himself says, “I am the way.”

Reactions to this statement are quite diverse and varied.

Fear is a liarFear opens a door to questions. “Will I really be accepted if I walk in this way? Am I okay? Or am I being set up, deceived? Will this simple truth prove itself out in time or will it just fade as an illusion?” There is no fear in perfect love in Christ. In the midst of our discouragement and disillusionment, He can handle our fears Just talk to Him. He is truth. He is the way. One is not turned away as they call upon Him.

Anger within an individual lashes out at the Way. Vehemently opposed to anything that they perceive will cramp their lifestyle, they detest any mention of Jesus. Many want to kill Him again or put Him in a box of conventionality. Their voice cries out: “Are you kidding? Who are you to tell me that there is only one way? How ignorant of a supposition that in the diversity of this universe, there is only one way?” At the sound of this statement, people get so angry, furious, outraged. The dust settles through it all and Jesus still stands solid and sure.

There is also a cultural abhorrence to the reality of Jesus being the way to the Father. He is truth. He is the way. He (the person of Christ, not religion) hinders progressive, modernistic thought, which believes the simplicity of Christ to be outdated and behind the times. So many want Jesus to be socially acceptable, tolerant of anything and everything. Many desire Jesus to be more tolerable and more socially acceptable. But, that doesn’t work. Jesus, in His time, was controversial and radical. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is the way. Again, the dust settles and He stands solid and sure.

The intellectuals find His truth abrasive to their reality. Knowledge is supreme to them. This God-Man-King distorts and challenges theories and their intellect. Condescension raises its head when confronted with this simple truth. “Oh really? You don’t really believe this do you?” Simple statements that mock Jesus abound. Again, the dust settles and Jesus overrides all current trends and cultural norms revealing Himself as the way, the truth and the life.

Despite all attempts to destroy this truth over time, this truth stands. As a Christian, I live, move, and have my being in this truth, the person of Christ.

Jesus. He rejects no one, loves everyone, extends grace and mercy to all, and changes lives. He is forming my voice in a new way. In this truth, my life finds a solid sure foundation. There is no compromise in this for me. Future posts will continue to be formed in the reality of Christ.

Are we, as Christians, aware that in Christ there is a wide open door to live in the Kingdom, here and now? I walk through this door, the person of Christ, for a glorious salvation and I am on a new adventure of revelation and experience in the reality of His kingdom.

DebraIn Christ,
Debra

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