Wednesday, 4 February 2015

"I am ruined for the ordinary"

“I am ruined for the ordinary”

A statement that can possibly be to some, come from a place of judgement, or it can be from a place of there is more in the Kingdom of God that I am yet to experience or understand, revelation that I have tasted of something that actually shows me that I have not tasted of anything yet.  A place where there is such a contentment and joy in what I have seen and longed to see and yet a revelation that there is way more "beyond what I think, ask and imagine" (Eph 3:20) and one that spurs me on to seek and discover all the fullness that could be ours in the Kingdom of God.

When we as Christians see other Christians going places or experiencing things that we don’t understand or perhaps we have not yet moved in, we can either become jealous of that person and judge and bring them down to our level, exclude them from our lives or we can choose to be excited by what is happening and be encouraged and spurred on in the Lord for the more than can be had than what we are currently experiencing.

One response will come from a thinking like that of the parable of the Lost Son, where the brother got upset with his brother when he received stuff that he was not ‘worthy’ of, and so get upset - an orphan type thinking and become critical, jealous, judgemental and angry.
The other response will come from a place of knowing that because we are brothers and sisters in Christ, I too can have what they have and experience and see more in the Kingdom of God and if I am not yet, then it will spur me on to ask the questions  "why am I not seeing or experiencing what they are seeing and experiencing?" - a searching out and in the searching out, will receive what they are asking for.  "You do not have because you do not ask".  John 14:14 "You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it."

A scripture this morning that came to my mind - John 14:2  (John 14:1-14)
“In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you”  
For example; I can look at this scripture and search it out and ask the Lord to show me revelation on this and what does it mean? (which currently I am doing).  Recently there have been many people talking about going ‘into different rooms in the heavenlys”, now I can either, because I may not have yet experienced what they are talking about, say it is rubbish and want nothing to do with those who are sharing about such things or I can ask the Lord to show me what he is meaning through such a scripture as this and receive revelation, insight and understanding that may lead me beyond my current thinking or experience.
Another example could be on healing and miracles which can often be based on what we see or don't see and so our theology lines up with our experience rather than what scripture would teach us and hence we limit what God can do because of our belief system or past experience.
One stance can come from a place of pride and believing we know and already have everything, another from a place of humility and willingness to learn and grow that perhaps there are things that I don't yet have understanding of.

There is so much revelation and understanding to be gained as we search out the scriptures and as the Lord reveals and opens our eyes for things not previously seen or understood, that we come to a place where we realise we really don’t know anything and that there is still so much more in the Lord for us to ‘taste and see that the Lord is good’.  The more I have searched out scriptures and stepped out in faith on those scriptures, the more I am blown away by the Lord and how much I don’t know anything and yet it is there for us to have and it produces in me a hunger for more of the “goodness of the Lord” that I know is there.  It makes me realise that I am 'ruined for the ordinary', there is so much more in the Lord.
John 14:12 "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing.  He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father."
So what did Christ do that I am not yet walking in and yet he says here that we will do even greater? 

So I encourage people not to get jealous with different christians in the body of Christ as we are all one, we are all equal, no one greater than the other and if one is walking in things that you are not yet walking in that bring glory to the name of Jesus, don't get jealous by them but rather be inspired and spurred on in the Lord to search out and ask the questions of the Lord, as you too can walk in the same things they are walking in if you want to, and those who ask, receive.  Perhaps you may need to even humble yourself and go and ask those people how they learnt what they learnt.
But all for the glory of God that His name be lifted high!