the divine return …

In prepping for this week’s conversation with my beloved brother Jim on chapter 3 of the Major Ian Thomas book The Indwelling Life of Christ: All of Him in All of Me, (this book gets my highest possible recommendation) I came across these two sentences that I just can’t seem to let go.

“Why does a human being need God to be functional? Because we were made that way.”

And yet as created human beings, we think we can be fully functional apart from God.

Woe to those who deeply hide their plans from the LORD, And whose deeds are done in a dark place, And they say, “Who sees us?” or “Who knows us?” You turn things around! Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay, that what is made would say to its maker, “He did not make me”; or what is formed say to him who formed it, “He has no understanding”? Isaiah 29:15-16 (NASB)

When you consider the above, how often do you consider the absurdity of the inanimate clay being able to make any decision apart from the potter? Perhaps … just perhaps … the Creator sees the similar decision of the created man to be equally absurd …

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. Romans 1:18-25 (NASB)

We exchanged the truth of God for a lie …

So often when a person is considering a decision for … no, a commitment to Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior, their first concern is what they will be giving up for the sake of God and for the sake of righteousness.   As I consider Major Thomas’s words and the Scripture above, such a response actually seems to reflect a failure to truly understand and grasp the decision AND commitment about to be made.

Apart from God and the righteousness found only IN Christ Jesus, the freedom … the rights … we believe we have are stolen. As creatures of the divine Creator, we have stolen what God created for Himself and claimed it as our own and have believed we should have no accountability whatsoever to the Creator God.

Think about that …

When as a result of the Father’s choice and the conviction of the Holy Spirit, we come to Jesus as Lord and Savior … no, we are not giving up anything but a misconception … the reality is that we are returning to God what is rightfully His … we are being reconciled to the One who made us.

We exchange a lie for the truth of God.

Some food for thought …

Bernie

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About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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5 Responses to the divine return …

  1. jimdavenport says:

    Bernie, Major Thomas has such insight into God’s plan for man! Getting on track with God’s plan for our lives is the key to happiness and true productivity. The reason so many never reach their potential is because they are not on God’s plan … They are on their own plan or no plan at all! God made us to track on His plan … Not ours or any other. Looking forward to our discussion on Friday. It should be rewarding. Loved the blog! Jim

    • bwebbjr says:

      Jim, sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Our discussion on Friday morning was such a blessing … every conversation on each chapter takes me deeper than the multiple times I read each chapter the first time through the book. Believe it or not our conversation Friday morning uis what prompted Saturday’s post … Thanks for the encouraging words above.

      Bernie

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  3. These ones have a worry about what they are giving up to be saved rather than a genuine reflection on what the Godhead gave up to save them. Very well said my friend and serious food for thought.

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