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 …