When the Wind Blows
There is absolutely nothing difficult about believing in Jesus. For that matter, it is the easiest thing in the world to say that we believe in Christ as the Son of God, the Messiah, the Savior or whatever other majesty we would label Him. But to take Jesus at His word and believe Him; ah, that is a horse of a different color. As a matter of fact, it is a horse whose color cannot be categorized and certainly one that cannot be understood or conceptualized.
Believing IN Jesus will assist in knowing a miniscule tidbit about Him but to know this Jesus and the God that fathered Him, it is notoriously imperative to stop attempting to acquire knowledge of Him and seek to KNOW Him. And to know Him means to believe all that He says and desire Him for no other reason than He is Christ. That means taking Jesus at His literal word with no excuses, no apathy, no complacency and NO COMPROMISE! That means not simply believing in Jesus, but believing Him, yesterday, today and forever!
If this is truly the desire of your heart, get ready for the wildest, scariest, shakiest, unsure and uncertain experiences you could NEVER imagine! Get ready to encounter a God that is not nice, not sweet, not sugar coated and not what religion teaches. Get ready to feel that at times your guts are being ripped apart. Get ready to feel as if your heart is being torn from your chest and smashed into a billion pieces. Get ready to have your sweet cream and sugar coated idea of following Christ to be dashed against the rocks of your thoughts, feelings and emotions. Get ready for all your goals, dreams and aspirations to be completely annihilated. In a nutshell, get ready to have all selfish, worldly ambition utterly destroyed and the selfless Life of the Spirit to be terribly, painfully birthed in you, in and through the Fire of the One and Only Living God. Get ready to hear the thundering death knell of self, for to this world and everything of it you must DIE!
Contrary to popular, contemporary teaching Jesus never preached prosperity. He never said you would be content. Christ never taught earthly security. He never told us to acquire material possessions. Jesus never said to have an unlimited wardrobe or closet full of shoes. Never did He say that we need a fancy suit to wear or expensive automobile to drive. Never did Jesus tell us we would be comfortable or happy. Not once did He ever say for us to save money for the future or have an insurance plan.
At no time did Christ ever tell us to submit to the reign and authority of political or religious officials or so-called leaders. Jesus never pointed us to a man; a woman, a system, a seminary, a plan, a doctrine, a denomination, or book, and He most certainly didn’t tell us to follow Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Peter, Paul, Mary or anyone else. What He did say, and is still saying, is, “Follow ME!”
So just how did this new-fangled, self-centered, self-aggrandizing prosperity, La La Land, non-gospel start and why is it so widely preached throughout Christianity today? Because it makes YOU feel good and centers focus on YOU instead of Christ Jesus? It gives the excuse to be completely selfish instead of totally selfless. Francis of Assisi stated it brilliantly.
“God created man in His own image and man returned the favor.”
We have re-created God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit into what is pleasing to ourselves. We have re-created man for man’s purpose and desires and not God’s. We have rendered the Almighty, Omnipotent Sovereign God into a pathetic pleader and servant of mankind instead of standing in awe and reverence of the unexplainable, indefinable, un-understandable Lord of heaven and earth that He is. Jesus has become a Christ of convenience and God, a god of opinion, interpretation and theology. If God is God then how in the Universe can he be explained by human agency? It is only the arrogance and egotism of man and the flesh that something so abominable would even remotely be attempted.
One reason that it is so difficult for man to believe that, “It is finished”, is that it puts us in the very state that we do not want to be. Believing that Jesus has accomplished everything puts us in a state of being, not doing, and that place is a most hateful place to the flesh. That Place is Christ! Not being able to say that I can do something or anything for that matter, is a death sentence to me. The prideful self, however, still believes the same age old damnable lie that, “I can be like God”. Does anyone really want to be like God? Yet once again that condemning quote from a mere mortal echoes forth with thundering audacity and ignorance. Christ Jesus never said imitate me, He said, “Follow Me!”
In vanity and futility we attempt to duplicate and imitate instead of simply taking no thought, denying self and following as a little child instinctively follows its parent.
A nursing infant doesn’t tell its mother what to feed it or how to feed it. A baby can’t tell its parents what it needs or when it needs or how it needs. It simply cries. An infant; a little child can only lay in the arms of the one that desires beyond all else to care for it and tend to it, giving it all it must have to survive and endure, and cry and cry and cry until the need for the moment is given.
We are that nursing infant. We are the helpless, newborn babe, in the arms of the One Who birthed us for His purpose and glory. We need not vainly attempt to manipulate God. All that needs be is to just simply be. Can there be more freedom than that? Is there anything more Life giving than simply trusting God and taking Him absolutely at His Word? And the blessed, undeniable Truth is that, His Word is alive and well and living within us.
“The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Whether the breeze be as calm and gentle as the breath of a sleeping child, or as violent and unpredictable as the ripping gale of a hurricane; carry us in the wind of Your Spirit.
As You Will,