It seems that after about a week of time of time I am beginning to see some light at the end of a tunnel. A tunnel of uncertainty and one of simply waiting upon God for clarity to come. I stated in my last post “Transitioning Into True Transformation”, that there seems to be unfolding, a newly defined ministry by the mercies of God, through my current set of circumstances that I have not been able to fully see, let alone understand. Yet I do not lose heart. While it may seem that I am losing ground through the looking glass of my known perceptions, truly I am gaining new ground upon the precipice of new lands in frontier unknown to me. It does not fit inside any box of the familiar. There is no cookie cutter or mold by which to craft it. God is doing a new thing. I am merely saying “yes” as I step into a totally new and unknown frontier for me. I came across a post made by Frank Damazio a few days ago which states “Push the boundary lines that limit faith. Your current safe boundaries were once unknown frontiers.” This made me stop and ponder a few observations.
I always am and always shall be pushing on the limits of my level of faith. Those limits never leave me feeling comfortable. There is never a place in which I can arrive at and feel that I have “attained”. There shall always be “a next step” to take that will be calling me into “the uncomfortable”. Something I will have to contend and fight for. Faith is continually on the rise as the heat of the fire of God is increasing. Are you perhaps as well right sensing that you are fighting for unknown territory in your life right now? You “will” step into that as you realize that you are not in bondage. You are free! And why do I say that? Because “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1 ESV)
It is religious thinking that holds us back. We can become enslaved in a religious spirit and not even be aware of it. God is not distant and humanity does not need to “do anything” to draw His attention toward us. Christ’s love already totally fulfilled us in every sense at the Cross. There is nothing missing or lacking. Jesus already died to erase all of what we may perceive to be “in our way”. Whatever it is that we may be hanging on to, has already forgiven and paid for in Jesus’ name!
“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”. (John 10:10) “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. (John 14:12-14) Jesus speaks here of greater works beyond what we believe to be possible to come through us.
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6 ESV)
He has already deposited gifting and talent within us that are beyond our own capabilities. So have you or I put any such on the shelf simply because we could not see any way through to proceed with it? I know I can say I have and I choose to pick it back up once again and dare to believe God for what I may feel is impossible. Saying “I don’t know how” is not something I can sit in any longer.
So what calls me forward in a bold act of faith? For me it is a matter of the measure of love behind that act. It is not based in ‘what is in it for me”, but rather to what degree am I compelled out of love to move toward that unknown, to touch the heart and life of another because “the love of Christ” compels me beyond my own desire?
I am not “needing to be loved” in order “to love”. I am infinitely loved and the ones I am drawn to, carry the same intrinsic value as I. My “unknown” does not need to meet anyone’s approval or measure up to anyone’s standard. It is God’s business, not mine. It is not I who seeks to be consulted; but rather it is ‘Christ in me” the hope of glory, who comforts all their affliction, and so that you or I may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5) My ongoing rise and fall tempest with my physical health on stormy seas interspersed with calm havens are nothing more than equipping for what lies ahead. Therein is increase so that others may also enter into that increase in their lives.
Therein I lose the fear of being humiliated, being despised, suffering rebukes or correction, being subjected to false statements, being forgotten, being ridiculed, being wronged or of being suspected. It is not about me, but rather it about about esteeming others’ above my own needs. I am fully met in the fullness of Jesus. It may not always feel as such and I may not be able to physically see “yet” much of anything, however perfect love casts out all fear.
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” (1 John 4:18 ESV)
Will you believe with me that that next person your or my life touches, the one we pray for, and our next act of worship will “tip the scales” to shake the ground of circumstance by releasing the power and presence of the One we carry within? Will we choose to walk in a radical love and live a radical life?