I read a post on Lightherlamp’s (Jaycee (I don’t know how to do links, check for my most frequent visitor joor!)) about loving the world like we were loved of God (my words) and I was so blessed! I am thinking about that post a lot, and about what I am doing to be that person. The one who spreads the love of God through genuine love for others, in words and in deed. And thinking, like I always leads me to my most recent ‘illumination’.
(kinda sounds like Illuminati… 😀 iLike. Yes, you may be very afraid now :D)
Loving others with the love of God can happen anyway. It can be as an expression of faith. You can show the God kind of love to your neighbor even when you want to act otherwise. It’s called maturity. It’s still called loved. Forgive my passion, but I think I have come to fall in love with a heart felt soul deep expression of agape (did i just make any sense?) I like to say this, when you have truly
allowed the experienced the love of God, you would love others, and want to show it naturally. You would love like Jesus did, honestly, passionately, without putting up a fight. Why? Because the love of God is humbling. It reduces you to nothing but love, true, pure unadulterated love. Experiencing the love of God brings revelation that no lies of the devil can overshadow. Everything becomes shadow… Remember this song…?
When I look into your holiness
When I gaze into your loveliness
When all things that surround me
Become shadow in the light of you
When I’ve found the joy of reaching your heart
When my will becomes enthroned in your love
When all things that surround me
Become shadow, in the light of you
That’s when I worship you
I worship you
The reason I live, is to worship you
That is the heart of a true worshiper who has known the Father’s love. True worshipers are not so called because they perfect. We are not perfect in our selves. Our perfection is in Christ Jesus. It is in Him that we live, move and have our being. We have no being without Him. And as the song says, until everything else dims and God becomes the focal point, we have not lived a life of worship. I like to simplify these things. Too much Christianese leaves us all more confused. How do things become dim in the light of another. I always like to talk about man and woman. 😀
I have been recently engaged with a certain young man. he is, actually, quite engaging. So much so that it seems I lack the capacity to tire of hearing his voice. I really do not care what he’s saying (though he makes plenty sense always), as long as he’s talking, as long as I’m with him… Everything else dims when we are like that. It’s such a beautiful thing, *sigh* just thinking about it… Anyway, I was talking about God, yeah… My point exactly, that’s how everything dims… And ladies, and guys, we all know the way this dimming occurs. When you experience God, truly, everything else dims. When, with a sincere, open, trusting and tender heart, you look for the love of God, not the fruits of His love (this is a hard hard one, dicey topic too…), when you long for an experience of His love, you will find it. It will change you. You will be humbled. You will receive an awesome revelation of the gospel. You will automatically love others. Let’s look at Paul.
He was a hard man. Choleric to the core. he could hold bile in his tummy while a gentle soul was being stoned to death. Infact, he administered the entire proceeding. He was a man of zeal. He set for himself a target, go round the world and quench this ‘blasphemy’, kill all those who call on Jesus and end this charade once and for all. Saul was indeed a man to be reckoned with. Then came the Light on the road to Damascus. As a kid, I was surprised to read the turn of events in that story. Infact, as a kid, though I fervently believed in Jesus,I concluded that most of the stories in the Bible were written by incoherent people of just plain senseless! I mean, how does Light and a voice transform a driven Saul into a very passionate Paul? it didn’t add up! The Light (or the Voice) said:
Saul! Saul!! Why are you persecuting me?
“Who are you, lord?” Saul asked.
And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting!
Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
The men with Saul stood speechless, for they heard
the sound of someone’s voice but saw no one!
Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes he was blind.
So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus.
He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink.
Now someone should lie and tell me this makes any bit of sense! So, what, he was turned blind, a voice spoke from heaven, yardy yardy ya! Then what??? As in, dude pleas! How does that suddenly make the Voice Lord? How does that make him shelve his plans, risk his life for something he was so sensibly and reasonably against? Except Saul was thrown off that horse by Love. Except it was Love that spoke to him, shined on him and made him realise that he was indeed blind. Except it was Love that took a hold of him, except it was an experience with Love on that un-tarred Damascus road, and not a threat from heaven like we all suspected.
We all know the rest of the story. Paul himself wrote this verse to the Corinthians:
”All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.
When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same
comfort God has given us.”
By this, Jesus said, shall all men know that we are His disciples. Love compels us to share the good news (oh yeah, it’s not obligation like you thought. God is not big on that, obligation I meant… hehehe!), love compels us to clothe, feed, house and comfort the needy. Only Love can do that. And you can give that love only after you have received it. You do not have it of yourself. It is in God, to express it, you must be vitally living in the reality of your oneness with God. And this comes by experience.
His Hands and Feet. It is who we are. Just like the same Paul said, no part of the body can pick a fight against the other to the benefit of the body, we are a united body, bound by the common love and common faith. That is our Commonwealth. My lesson today is simple. Do you desire to be used by God? Do you want to be a vessel that brings honor to him through genuine selfless service? Then seek his face, seek to experience His love. That is all you need for the race. The skills and talents are just paparazzi. Only love can minister. the rest can either entertain or mislead, depending on the circumstance. Only love can use these instruments for glory. The Bible records that the children of Israel knew the Lords hand, while Moses knew His face. That is why Moses was able to make so much impact, even still today. he went for what mattered. God is not looking for hard workers, He is looking for children that will contribute their ‘parts’ (as in anatomy) to His ever increasing empire. You are already in the body. You are not going to be joined to the body by virtue of what you do for the body. SO stay in the body, stay connected to the source of life, the fabric that unites the body. And then, put your ‘part’ on auto and watch your self being used mightily by God!
Just like my fingers did not have to go find this keyboard, you won’t have to find your field. My fingers merely responded to a desire in my brain… So, walk in his love, and be a diffuser of the strongest energy this planet has ever known.