Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The ONLY good, God accepts

I just wanted to throw out some thoughts in passing, that were whirling around my noggin the last two days. One of my favorite verses is
IS 66:1,2
1 This is what the LORD says:"Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? 2 Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?" declares the LORD. "This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.

BREAK IT DOWN version--> Look I'm God, I provide ALL things, I sustain ALL things, and I rule ALL things, so how could you do ANYTHING for me, I don't have any needs?! The only thing which catches my eyes are those who seeing how little they really are, come to me begging for mercy, and take my word to heart!

Ok so the only thing we can give God is our hearts, right? Well not exactly, i think there's something bigger that God would have us understand.
It's this thing,this reality that makes self-righteousness so detestable, that makes wrong-motives, and in the following verses, sacrifices (while in disobedience) so abominable!
It's this reality that would have Christ say that whose who worship the Father in spirit and in truth. It's is this reality that would cause Paul at the pinnacle of his amazement at God's ways and wonders to write by inspiration; Rom 11: 36For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.

The reality is this: The ONLY thing our Good, Holy and Wise Lord accepts from mankind is that which He produces. Nothing else is of worth, all else will be burnt up. Nothing of man, no creativity, no idea, no saying, no invention, nothing is of worth unless it was FIRST given by God. Even preaching, if it is effective isn't SERVICE to God in the sense that we give Him something, it's ONLY effective if it's Him working through us! This is why there is no room for any to boast, because we have nothing to take credit in. Sure there are things which impress us as men, even noble things within Christianity which God doesn't quite look at as we do, because He knows how much of it was vanity, was man-generated. This is also why it's ridiculous to think that we must 'perform well' in order to gain God's favor, this is as absurd as trying to gain salvation by the law. Though we don't have a passive faith, though we aren't called 'to let go, and let God' in the sense that we are inactive, rather we are to VIOLENTLY press forward, while NEVER forgetting that this zeal, this passion is GOD-generated, He's the Author and the Finisher. It is this reality that would have Solomon write in Psalm 127:1 Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.

Rest in this body of Christ, that we must throw out all notions that we have ANYTHING to give, but our great God without waiting for our permission has bound Himself to work in us. Let us then pursue Him, let us seek Him, let us read His words to us with the expectation that what He give TO us, He will work THROUGH us, while gaining the glory FROM us!
Mark my words, the most EFFECTIVE believers, the most effective ministers, schooled or unschooled, popular or not, are those who SPILL--those who lay hold of the Lord and this reality and produce much fruit!

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