An 'Aha!' Moment
Have you ever had one of those 'aha' moments? Those moments when it all comes together and you see things for what they truly are? I had one today.
Ever since God told me to lay down my rights in my pursuit of Him, the issue of holiness has become more and more important to me. I can't say the process of cleansing by God is an enjoyable one by any stretch of the imagination. If anything, pain and loneliness greet you in valley of sanctification (Hebrews 12). They are your constant bed fellows .
I laid down my securities in a title, money, knowledge, responsibilities, everything, for the express purpose of finding my securities in God. Again, if I were completely honest with you, I would not have chosen this path because the broken glass found here shredded my feet and lacerated my hands. God knows us. He knew me. He tells us to go into the promise land, but leaves out the details of the desert, scorpions, sharp rocks, betrayal, and other slight incidentals that would deter us from undertaking such an arduous journey. Yes, he does warn us in the Scriptures about the hardships, but for some reason we forget or we don't realize the severe reality of these words. In hindsight, I thank God for loving me enough to deal with my character. I pray you are saying the same.
Romans 8:29 states that God wants us to become like Christ, the firstborn among our non-Christian family and friends. James 1:2-4 speaks of the same thing. God is serious about holiness. If you are not, may the Lord have mercy on you. Anything that can be burned up, will be burned up. We will not be judged for our lack of knowledge, but for our unwillingness to obey what we already know (2 Cor 5:10).
The 'aha' moment was this: I realized God is calling us to completely reject the value systems of this world. I mean completely reject them. I always knew about 1 John 2:15-16, but only in these last days do I see the value and power of these verses. Whether it is parenting, marriage, ministry, money, personal relations, education, everything, He is challenging us all to apply Biblical, holy standards to it all. It is not legalism, but realism in the truest sense of the word. The things of this world are passing away and the new is preparing to break open upon us like a flood.
My wife and I are teaching a parenting class and God is revealing how blind we parents have become when it comes to His standards in child rearing. Actually, we have become blind to a lot of things. These are just a few of them. Our world system promotes self esteem; God promotes humility. Our world system promotes reasoning with arrogance; God promotes shutting up and discipline. Our world system promotes therapy; God promotes repentance. Our world system promotes a child-centered family; God promotes a husband and wife centered family. Our world system promotes intelligence; God promotes character. Our world system promotes the flesh; God promotes the Spirit. Our world system promotes money; God promotes God. Our world system promotes comfort; God promotes thankfulness in all circumstances. Our world system promotes entertainment; God promotes purity. Our world system promotes the temporal; God promotes the eternal. Our world promotes the path of death; God promotes the way of life.
Beloved church and friends, the heart is deceitful above all things. We cannot love God and mammon at the same time. We cannot love the world and God at the same time. We cannot hold back from following God. It's time to lay it all down and follow. It's time!