Written by His Grace,
Kevin K. O’Connor
Main thought: to examine the goal of our existence
Romans 2 14(Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, 15since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.) 16This will take place on the day when God will judge men's secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.
Can you imagine missing Heaven because we’ve become so consumed with what Christ spoke that we missed Who He Was? In the day that the Lord walked the earth we had experts of the Law of God and we have them today as well. I feel that God’s heart is aching for fellowship with us as we clothe our hearts and our minds with His Word and leave off fellowshipping with Him. No wonder God’s anger will be unleashed at our so-called experts of the Law of God.
We get so puffed up within our works of righteousness such as worshipping on a certain day, being baptized in a certain way, eating certain foods, giving of our finances, teaching the Word of God, Praying, witnessing, that before you know it, our love is no longer for Him, but it’s for our works for Him. We need to stop pointing people to the works and words of Christ and start pointing them to Him. The works and words of Christ are like beams of light that flow out from Who He Is. To focus on those beams of light as radiant as they are, is to miss the person of Christ Himself. The greatest place that anyone can have is being lost in Him. Not the things of Him, but Him! The works and words of Christ do bring us wisdom and joy as they are lived throughout our lives but there is a higher plane of experience that God’s heart desires for every human being and that is a living, loving, passionate walk with Him. Each beam of Christ when exercised within our own lives does bring joy, but there is a place where those same beams of Light and Life can flow from us when our focus is on Him and not them.
The greatest riches of heaven will be for those whose greatest desire is to know Him, not know his riches. I Corinthians 13 is probably one of my favorite chapters of His Word. I feel this chapter reflects the heart of the Father more than many volumes of books of what God desires of us. Not our knowledge, our works, our efforts, but our love. Is it any wonder than that He says what He does in Romans 2:14&15? Romans 2 14(Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, 15since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.) How is that those who have not the law actually do by nature the things in the law?, because they have grown to love the fulfillment of the law, Christ Himself. Christ is the fulfillment of the law.
Instead of becoming experts of lifting up Christ, we’ve become experts at teaching about all the beams of light that flow out of Christ. I have a feeling that some of the poorest people in glory will be those rich in their knowledge of “the Word of God” while those with little schooling in the “Word” will actually know the Word of God better. Those who have spent time with Christ from their hearts and not just their minds will be the richest people in glory. And the neat thing is that everyone has the same opportunity to enter into this walk of relationship with Him. Just as our relationships here need to be tended with quality time, so does our relationship with Him. Just our relationships here tend to fall into ruts of routine rather than into paths of continual growth, expectation, and joy, so too we need to be careful of our Heavenly relationship with Christ.
The longer we walk a path, the more we tend to let our guard down. Or, we begin to entertain ourselves by teaching about the methods of walking in the path of Life instead of teaching the path itself. Christ is that path; Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (Whole Chapter: In context: ) In other words, He is the Way of True Life! How God’s heart must ache for those coming off of the streets into churches on Sunday mornings because they’re hungering for the Living Way and instead hear from the pulpits how people can fine-tune their Christian appearance. Oh, that the body of Christ will make Jesus their passion! So that the lifestyle of Christ will begin to flow from our lives, not because we’re teaching about them, but about Him! When our Lord spoke the following words in But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself." (Whole Chapter: In context: ) It was not only prophetic of His death but also of what He will do when we lift Him up within our hearts.
So, how de become greater witnesses for Christ? Is it studying many books on how to witness or is it learning to love Him more passionately? Is it learning how to give 10% of our income or is it learning how to love Him more sincerely? If we would spend more time of lifting up Christ within our own hearts and from our pulpits we wouldn’t have to preach on tithing or witnessing or eating certain foods or worshipping on certain days. God said He would draw men unto Himself, what we must do is learn how to lift Him up within our lives!
Heavenly Father, ever teach us how to lift up Your Son within our Lives and leave the transforming work that will naturally follow in Your hands. In Jesus Eternally, Glorious Name, Amen.
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