I’ve been thinking
that God’s kingdom is rather upside down and backwards. For one thing, up is
down in His kingdom. The rich are poor and the poor are rich. The foolish
confound the wise. And the one who wants to be great must be servant of all. We
are advised to love our enemies and rejoice when they persecute, revile and
slander us. We are to work to accumulate rewards in heaven and are not to worry
about food or clothing…getting ahead. Now how does that fit with the social
norm of being upwardly mobile?
are upside down? And maybe backwards?
backwards! There was a time when I was asking God why I seemed completely
unmotivated—to do anything! I had no energy, and energy I learned comes from
joy. I was unable to feel enough joy to motivate myself to do what I needed and
wanted to do. How can I
be a believer, have Jesus resident in my life, He who is the origin of joy, and
not be able to experience enough of it to be able to function, at least to a
minimal level? This is serious in light of Nehemiah 8:10, which says that the
joy of the Lord is my strength. Not much strength…and the dip stick on my joy
tank was reading mighty low! His response to my question was quick. I had no
sooner asked than the following verse came to mind.
grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that
Christ’s power may rest on me (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV).
I am in some way not accessing or availing myself of resources that I already
have. His grace is sufficient, yet I certainly seem unable to boast about or
glory in my infirmity! How can I be grateful to God for my
infirmities? What needs to be different?
explains: “Your equation is backwards! My equation reads: Weakness
+ abiding in My joy = strength. Your equation reads: Strength + abiding in My
power = joy.
body with strength first, then your life would demonstrate the power of
God and you could go about serving others, and that would produce joy. However,
that would actually enable your flawed humanity!”
love and belonging is not the truth, but that is your foundation! If I gave you
strength and power first, you would have the energy to continue to perform and
do good works. You would think and feel that you were demonstrating the power
of God, but you would do so from a foundational belief that love and belonging
must be earned. Yes, good would happen, but you would also reproduce that
foundation in others and perpetuate the erroneous belief that love and
belonging go to those who serve Me.” Pause for a “Selah” moment.
foundation, one built on truth. You were first conceived in My mind—I loved you
then and you belonged to me then—only later were you conceived in your mother’s
womb! I have given you love and belonging from the moment I conceived you in my
mind! Nothing you can do will ever make Me love you more—or less!”
God thoughts and living God values can turn your life upside down and really
mess with your mind! It feels to me like God could make some big changes real fast.
He has pulled up all the tent pegs, thrown all the feathers and fur out of the
nest and sticks are poking me. I’ve read that eagles make the nest
uncomfortable like that just before they make the young fly on their own. Change is in the wind. I have
a suspicion some flying lessons are about to be scheduled; it’s a little unsettling!
Exciting, but unsettling nonetheless.
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