Thursday, January 04, 2007

A Willingness to Receive

Zechariah 1:3-"Therefore say to them, Thus declares the Lord of hosts: Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. "

I guess you can say I've been avoiding this post for a while now. I haven't really wanted to express the growth with which God has blessed me in these past few weeks. Perhaps I felt this need to hang on to everything lest it all be lost in the new turn of this semester. Oh, how easy it would be if we could just sit and live amidst our fantasies, never moving from our spot on the couch, or favorite view of the water. Alas, we are called to move and receive this call...and then go.

But my thoughts tonight are not those of urgency. Yes, I am absolutely passionate about our necessity to get up and move in the light of the hope that we have. It violently tears at my soul to see churches plagued by division...not on primary matters but rather those such as music, service time and budget. For some reason, my heart behind this is a tad heavy, a little more pensive, but done so on my knees. May you receive this in His mercy.

I chose this verse as a subheading to challenge us in our perspective of "how it should be". "It" can be anything...a relationship, a career, a life. We have in our minds these preconceived notions of how we should act in certain situations. Now, I am not saying authority and standards are incorrect. However, when the standards become anything less than an act of worship in this life, the standards lose their life. Why do I pursue purity...not only because it is the "right thing to do", but rather to worship the Lord. Why worship? Because He is God...and by default, being a creature that must worship, I act. Why do friends of the opposite sex labor to maintain clarity and purpose in their relationships? It is not just so that others won't question their motives...in fact that should be last reason. Rather, personally, I maintain a solid understanding of my brothers' hearts in order that I may worship the Lord with them as He works in their lives. In that verse...it does not say "return to your standards"...no! It says "return to me!"

You have your situations...blurred lines between friendship and relationship, career confusion...rather than turning to our own understanding of how things should be, let's return to Him. I beg of you. If we even remotely try to put our friendships in boxes, or our career paths in outlines, we lose sight of HIM because they become in our control.

We are called to rejoice in the Lord at all times. So in every situation, regardless of how painful and confusing, we worship Him as soveriegn and holy...never second guessing His strength.

I am sick of trying to understand things...and I really want to try to keep my mind out of this. I want to be wise, but I never want to lose His childlike joy.

So submit, receive, and live in accordance to His faithfulness and grace. Enough talk, be ready...and return to Him.

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