Monday, May 13, 2013
In the Moment with God
To say that God is 'present' everywhere is quite a thing to say and think about.
"That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being" Acts 17:27-28a KJV
"Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD." Jeremiah 23:24 KJV
Not only is He present in the sense of location... is also mentally present.
"For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit," - 1 Peter 3:17-18 ESV
This word translated 'suffer' is the Greek word Pascho (G3958) and really it means to strongly experience... to be present mentally and live in the moment fully. Jesus was fully present in every moment... even in His suffering.
"Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead." 1 Peter 4:1-5 ESV
We can't 'check out' or live in denial. Grace can and must give us a capacity to live in the moment with God. The natural man lives in distractions to compensate for the life he or she does not have but a spiritual person has another provision.
"The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:" 1 Peter 4:7-10 ESV
The 'end of all things' spoken about hear is not some apocalyptic end of the World scene. In context of the scriptures it is speaking about the finished work of Christ! The Finished Work is right there near us in our thinking and because of that we have sound judgement and a clear mind. Our prayers are potent because we live with God in the moment and observe and intercede based on reality with the big picture of redemption in mind.
We can love earnestly because we have the completion of all things in mind... love has covered all sin and we can experience life in the midst of contradictory people and even in ourselves saying, 'This is paid for and that is paid for...'. Grace becomes a stewardship... we manage it's distribution... holding nothing back we bring Heaven's perspective and Heaven's provision to every situation.
"Whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies - in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen." 1 Peter 4:11 ESV
We speak authoritatively as if it is finished and forgiveness has been applied.
"If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you." Romans 8:11 ESV
Then we walk believing that quickening will come. A quickening that comes not just out of need to be stronger. We are made alive to be alive with God in the next moment as a steward of grace.
If God's kingdom comes and His will is done in our mortal bodies today every step we take is land taken by that kingdom.