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TRUTH OR ILLUSION OF GRANDEUR
Flighted Man: Thinking of his wings, but never flying
Man does his reasoning with his mind, and his believing with heart, which are not to be confused. Although they are both portals of information; that information does not go to the same chamber, as to the stomach—for his meat, and drink together. What God asks us to believe is tall. We often stagger if not outright refuse to believe it. The source of the problem there is where we seek to process with our mind, what is meant for our spirit. In such case we scarce let fall from our lips the seed of God that is ordained to come forth for our transformation.
“Our consciousness rarely registers the beginning of a growth within us any more than without us there have been many circulation of the sap before we detect the smallest sign of the bud.” —George Eliot
It is appointed by God for our redefined heritage in Christ that while we still live, we are to have our mortality (that human dimension which makes us as feeble as a moth) swallowed up by the endless resurrection life of Christ whose ministry mantle we are supposed to put on. We are to put it on as a house, our mansion from above and taste of the powers of the world to come.
“Sane people did what their neighbors did, so that if any lunatics were at large, one might know and avoid them.” — George Eliot
God’s Purpose For You, and I, The Church
The purpose that God determined for all people in the earth is grand. So grand is it as a matter of fact that he said, of all the things for which he is revered, and renowned; what he will now do in his purpose concerning us, cannot be spoken of in the same breath with things done before anymore than the moon can shine next to the sun. That is saying an awful lot. There is no way to represent God, and speak in terms that are less that what appears to be excessive claims. Make the vision as plain as you can, but when all is said and done; it is on the scale of God, and vested in man, so it sounds like so much illusion of grandeur.
The “true” purpose of the church is not complicated: God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself. Wherever he went, he left some rather large footprints for you, and I to walk in. He has left this ministry of reconciliation to the church to continue reconciling the world in the same tradition as that in which Jesus operated—because it is the same work we must do. Jesus never had an ordinary day, because he was an extraordinary person, as you and I ought to be. Here it is laid out in it’s simplest terms. We are to do what Jesus did; that’s our job…..it doesn’t simply entail behavior modifications, and good manners—that’s the human domain of mistaken will worship. We were purchased, or hired to do the job of Jesus. We know what carpenters, mechanics, electricians, doctors, lawyers, etc. do. We also know what Jesus did.
“Ignorance is not so damnable as humbug, but when it prescribes pills it may happen to do more harm”— George Eliot
Jesus exhorts us to take up the cross, and learn of him. If we are going to stand in the gap, we need to know how to make an effective stand, and that is a knowable thing. Perhaps we can’t be credited for getting to this state of dereliction to duty; but we have the ability to observe the difference between what we do, and what’s clearly written for us to do. The mere fact that we go forward without it presupposes a mindset that indicates we are not contemplating doing this ministry with any degree of seriousness in the same tradition of as Jesus.
This gets us to the place where we operate as mere hirelings—“it’s a living”; yes, predicated upon those things that allow us to live, and the dying still continue to die. In his day Jesus would not wake the dead by making plan to burry them. He would wake them, feed them, and restore them to fellowship of their loved ones as we also in so many cases are to do.
To be continued……………