We will always be less than we are if we live I anything less than ourselves. I’m looking at at you law addict or cultural Christian. Despite your training to the contrary, law is both less than God and less than you. So.
Here it is, New Years Eve day. It has snuck up on me almost unawares as I sample the enjoyments of our Beach Holiday with Family at Thirroul NSW. Last night we walked along the beach in the twilight to enhance well being and walk off our ample dinner. As we walked I thought of our life in Father; of our need to live from Him, rather than from lesser things that are creations of either God or ourselves. Idolatry takes subtle forms in this age. Like shadows and wraiths, our idolatries are incarnated as pet theories, values and institutions. Or Belief Systems that exclude God, distort Him, or reinvent Him in our own image. Our most subtle idols are our dilutions of Christ into a being less than He is – and this through the manufacture of substitute and false christs that are an amalgam of ourselves and our distortions of God.
Jesus offers you life. Not Christianity, church membership or a belief system.
Distortions: An idol is anything we are living from that is not God. An idol of God is anything that we are living in that is not Christ. The most pervasive and insidious idol is the idol of religion. This involves the worship of the things of Christ as though they are Christ. The worship of events and patterns as if they are sacred and the attribution of God to things that are no more than usages and things. If idolatry was alienating in the Old Testament it is more repugnant and degrading since there has been a Christ who lives in and with us. Life has a face, a name and a culture. It’s Jesus. This is the new creation.
God is I AM because He is completely Himself, never diluted with things extrinsic to Himself or beholden to any criteria of personhood that is not intrinsic to His being. God lives from no law, other than Himself who is not a law but a person and more: Three persons in one.The I AM of God is fundamental to life and being alive.. I AM is the ultimate expression of personhood and of redemption. The redeemed woman can say I am who I am. I am Joan, daughter of God and the full expression of my name and my being. We are reborn in Father as our authentic selves – sons of God and no longer the possession of the father of lies. We are the truth in our being.
In the new covenant we are redeemed out of an addiction to behaviors and reinstated as persons who live from the person of God as sons and heirs of His personhood. The I AM OF GOD is also the source of Pauls description of Jesus as the Law of the Spirit of Life – a kind of law that has nothing to do with Moses and everything to do with the expression of Father in His sons.
We were made to live in God as sons who are I Am in His image. You are meant to be yourself totally In the same way that Father is totally Himself. This is your heritage and destiny. We are hidden in Christ in order to be revealed as sons in the world. None whose Messiah is church or Christian culture can expect to live to their potential as daughters or sons or even become well rounded human being. Because you will not be living as sons of God. You will be attempting to get by as daughters of Adam, stymied by the frustrations of an existence in the knowledge of good and evil pretending to be your life in God. We can’t live as sons on the spirit of sonship in anything less than The Son.
Legalism makes God less than rules. It leaves us less than sons, unhealed, half blind and
Scrambling in religion when we could have had a personal Jesus, a psyche that is robust and healthy and a life in the Spirit that enables us to live above the mundane but be fully human and fully alive.
This year resolve to make Christ your life so that you reign in life rather than complain about strife. When Christ is our life all things are under our feet because they are under His. We are more than we imagine and infinitely greater than we anticipated when we live where we have been placed. In Fathers heart.