Embracing Wholeness – More Gospel Thoughts
I’m still wrestling with the gospel. Transformation hurts. Division hurts. Sometimes unity hurts, because it means we have to accept those who will not accept us. If we are truly ambassadors, working out a ministry of reconciliation, it doesn’t seem to me that we can just by and accept division. Should part of our time, our thoughts, our work be spent actively seeking to reconcile with those who have chosen to cut us off?
Part of our testimony to the watching world about the work of King Jesus is whether those who bear his name are just as splintered as every other group on earth, or whether we really are different. If we really are different, we’re going to have to AGONIZE (to use Paul’s terminology) to maintain the unity of the Spirit.
About my personal struggle, Darin left this powerful comment: “From your writings I would say that Jesus has made you whole; whether or not you want to embrace that truth or not is another discussion.”
Let’s have that discussion! Because as I sit and write this, I want nothing more than to embrace that truth. If I could embrace it fully, if I could internalize it and let it transform my inner life into one of full confidence in Christ… that’s a whole new world!
What I think I need to do is embrace it by immersion. Not immersion into water (which occured for me in February of 1994), but immersion into the spiritual life. This is where I envy the monastic life, because there one has order. One has brothers who are farther along the path of spiritual discipline who can prescribe a personalized regimen of Scripture and prayer and disciplined practice to heal one’s soul with the power of the Spirit and immerse one into the with-God life. They call it a rule of life. I know that my undisciplined, frenetic, and scatter-shot lifestyle is failing miserably.
If someone came to you and said, “I need instruction on how to embrace the truth of my wholeness in Christ,” how would you instruct them?