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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Hiddeness in God

I find it interesting that there was nothing spectacular about the life of Jesus. Whoa...George...What are you saying?

What about the miracles he performed and raising people from the dead! That's pretty spectacular to me!

What I mean is that when you do look at the miracles that Jesus did, you will find that he didn't heal or call back to life anyone in order to get his picture on the cover of Time magazine or spend the hour with Larry King.

He told people not to talk about the healings. Even when he was resurrected, Jesus appeared to only a few disciples at first, a few men and women who had really connected with him before he died.

Jesus came as a servant. All freshman in Bible School memorize (or at least they did when I was in Bible School) this scripture, "For the son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many." Mark 10:45 (KJV)

It was a life of power wrapped in the hiddenness of servanthood.

Whenever I come across someone who is truly walking in God's spirit, I sense a deep longing for that hiddenness, that seclusion.

That thought is especially meaningful coming back from our minister's meetings in Denver, Colorado.

It hardly ever fails, I come back from those meetings feeling inadequate, empty and sullen at the thought that there are others who are accomplishing so much more than I, that there are those who have bigger churches, larger ministries, and receiving far more acclaim than me.

Yet the life of Jesus shows me that I am not to be concerned about what God has given to others, but what God has given to me.

God has me right where he wants me. My calling is to be faithful, to love and to minister to those whom he has given me and to walk in the knowledge that it's not anyone on this planet that I am trying to please but God!

God has you right where he wants you! Rest in that. Relax in that. And let's build His kingdom together.

1 comment:

Jon said...

It's so good to know that others struggle...not that I enjoy thinking about the struggles of others but that I see myself in their struggling. Envy, despair, pride, materialness...we all (okay, maybe some of you don't and can share the secret) struggle with these issues on a regular basis. I find whenever I try to compete with others or compare myself to them, these things (sins) rise up in me. So how do we deal with these (and other) issues in our lives. I pray to be content with where I am in my life, in my work, in my family, in my church...basically, I pray that God use me in His way, in His will, in His time. This prayer helps me to focus on what He feels is important in my life...and that's Him!

It's time for a retreat day for me! Some day soon, I'll take one and just spend it with God!

Love and blessings