Very few of us share all of the things that we are dealing with in blog posts. And I for one, am not going to break from that practise. There are numerous reasons for keeping somethings close to our chest or only sharing them with a small close group of family or Christian brothers and sisters, separate from the general public. But even with the “limited” insights we infrequently are made privy to, by what we or others do share, in the vast majority of cases, it is but a small segment of the totality being experienced by ourselves or others.
But there are lessons that are slowly learned or perhaps become easier to visualize or understand over time, in this walk we are on with God our Father, Jesus our Saviour and God’s Holy Spirit. I’d like to share some of the things that have crossed this disciple’s mind as of late with you, because I am of the mindset that it might encourage you.
Most of you know that I have spent an inordinate amount of time studying the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement over these last few years. The scary part is, in spite of the time I have spent, I have only barely begun to scratch the surface of what this movement is. And in spite of all that, in spite of what I have learned and in spite of what I have written about, in the vast majority of cases, it matters very little, if at all, to those who actively seek the benefits of what they assume, lies within this movement. Our desires drive our reasoning, by which we validate that which we do or that which we agree or disagree with. That can also be said for those who seek God and those who deny God. And ultimately, all we can do, who believe in God and His revelation given to us in His Holy Word, is plant seed that we hope will shed light on God’s light. We plant seeds.
And the NAR is but one of many topics of necessary investigation. I could fill pages with additional differing mindsets.
This also extends to Biblical topics where we Christians may disagree with one another. Few there be that agree in all areas, with one another, even when we are drawing from the same source material. Just because we may see something from one perspective, does not necessitate that everyone else will hold to the same mindset as ours. Once again, all we can realistically do is plant seeds or for lack of better words, present our case as we see it. I find it interesting how we all have the desire to validate our own perspective. All of us do this, including atheists.
In order to validate my perspective, if your perspective differs from mine, from my perspective, your perspective is wrong, and you need to accept my perspective. Does this sound like a good qualifying statement on how we realistically deal with areas of disagreement? I am learning to set this mindset aside. All I can do is plant seeds.
This morning, in prayer, faced with the multitude of inadequacies that I personally struggle with, it struck me of the simplicity of my faith. I believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have learned and am still learning of my own limitations and I have in essence but one need that sits at the forefront of all others.
I need God, in whom I believe in, to guide me and fulfill His will for me, in me, through His Son, Jesus the Christ, in spite of my shortfalls, in spite of my incomplete understanding, in spite of my perspectives that may differ from His. And this dependency is met in two words, God’s grace, provided through His Son Jesus, from start to finish. It’s that simple. That includes my mind (thoughts), my heart (desires) and my spirit (joined and guided by God’s Holy Spirit). Without Him, I am undone. He is my hope, He is my rock, He is my source when I falter.
And He will and does supply all my needs in Christ Jesus.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!