Divided

Did you know that you have a holy inheritance? In Christ, we possess all things. Some would have you believe that coming to faith in Jesus isn’t freedom but to be saddled with rules when nothing could be further from the truth. What Jesus reminds us of in His first Beatitude is that being poor in spirit is really freeing us up to live this life for eternity. Because He then says to us in Matthew 5:3~…for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (NIV) We need to take this seriously. This is not mere Bible teaching, rather it is the path to greener walks with God, as we pursue Him.

Our New Testament principles for living can often find the best examples within the Old Testament. Abe and Isaac provide excellent commentary on the first beatitude: Isaac is born to an aged father. From Isaac’s first appearance, what love must have overcome Abe. In his arms, he held the promises of God. The covenant of a future filled with hopes and years. Even the long anticipation of messianic reconciliation. As Isaac grew so did Abe’s love, even to a perilous place, when God then steps in to save both father and son.

Genesis 22:2~Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love–Isaac–and go…Sacrifice him as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” (NIV) The sacred writer spares the close-up of agony and anguish of that night in Beersheba when an aged father must have surly begged and pleaded to the point of being emptied. Imagine your own feelings, as one may not have wrestled any harder until, Gethsemane. (Luke 22:44) Such mortal pain upon a human soul in great conflict. After that bitter and blessed encounter, the pronouns of my and mine hold nothing of what they once held for Abe. Many call Abe rich, but his true wealth was inward and eternal.

Our humanity often hinders us from giving up our treasures to the Lord. We are often fearful of their safety, and hard-pressed to release them to the Lord in trust. We forget the scriptures say in 2 Timothy 1:12~I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me. (ESV) God wants each of us to give-up our defense and accept His generous gift of Jesus, that we might live our lives for the cause of Christ.

Today, don’t let fear own you! The Lord is the safest place one can store their treasures. Jesus said I did not come to destroy but to save, (Luke 9:56) everything we commit to him is safe. It’s the things we don’t commit to Him that are in jeopardy. Listen to Paul in 1 Corinthians 4:7~For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? (NIV) Saint of God, God has given you everything and what He wants in return is all of you.

If we are to grow in our intimacy with God, then we must learn the way of renunciation. Only in rejecting our righteousness and pride can we begin to accept God’s amazing grace. Which will in turn set us on a lifelong pursuit of God. Sooner or later we will face this test and just as Abe’s test changed him, this test will change us. For our whole future will be conditioned by the choice we make when God levies the test on us. What will your choice be? Will you choose the self, or will you choose to live in a longing pursuit of God? The choice is yours.


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