In Position

Romans 13:8 NIV “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.”

Okay, so I’m going back to the same verse one more time.  That’s only because I have more revelation of it than before, and I want to share it in a way that you will see it, too, and find the freedom of the Lord in greater measure!  In telling this part of my life, I am not bragging on my husband and myself, but on God.  To Him belongs all the glory!

Yesterday, I woke up as a “servant to the lender.”  By the end of the day, after making a transaction and following it’s path via the internet and phone, when I called the automated line of my mortgage company and heard the words, “Your loan is paid in full,” servant was no longer my identity.  When the Lord made it so clear to my husband and me that now was the time to pay off our remaining debts, despite the economic downturn, He also spoke to my heart that we were getting in position.   I didn’t really know what that meant, but I had such an expectation inside that we were about to walk in places in Him that we never had before, all because of financial debt.

This morning, as I entered this historic life-moment in my journal, the Holy Spirit helped me see the Romans verse from a whole new perspective, because I’m now on the other side of it.  Do you realize that the debt to love is bigger and more daunting than any mortgage, any car loan, any credit card debt, etc.?  It is a debt as big as what Jesus did for us, so it can never be repaid in full!  That knowledge, however, isn’t meant to make us throw up our hands and declare that there’s no use trying.  Even knowing I can never repay it fully, my desire now is for my whole life to be invested / spent on paying that debt of love to others.  That’s what Jesus’ whole life was about, and He lives in me, so it’s the whole purpose of my life, as well.  Before, there was a heavy weight (though it didn’t feel so heavy because it was “manageable”) that held me back.  I was pulled in two directions without realizing it.  Financial debt pulled me one way, and the debt to love pulled me the other way.

Now, I am in position to be able to walk fully in His path for me, and that’s what He wants for all of His children!  That’s why He told us to owe no man anything but the debt to love.  It wasn’t so we couldn’t have things on this earth.  It was to protect us from those things that would ensnare us, hindering us on His good path for us.  Our heavenly Father cares so much for us that He wants us to live in that freedom for which Jesus Christ paid in full.  He is not a God of laws, rules, and don’ts.  He wants us to walk on His path of life for us – unhindered, and He has clearly shown us the way in His Word!

I can only imagine how much greater this revelation will become as I begin to walk it out – now that I’m in position.  Really, it’s more of the lesson He has given about taking Him at His Word.  Wow!  It still amazes me how simple, yet how powerful this is – and so many of us have not walked in it before, or only in small measure.  Join me in this walk, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, as we discover the freedom of taking Him at His Word, and find ourselves in position to walk as Christ walked – that our Father might be revealed.

This is What’s Important!

Philippians 3:10-11 (Amp)  ”[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope] that if possible I may attain to the [spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body].

The Lord makes it clear in His Word what our purpose is; yet, how many of us continue to question Him about it? Oh, we read the above passage and give it mental assent, but do we ever really stop to receive the application for our lives?  We ask for more information.  We want to know if we’re to preach, teach, sing, care for children, or the like.  ”What is it, God, that you want me to do?  What is the purpose for which You created me?”  While He may call us to do any of these things or more, there will only be a measure of success in them if we don’t grasp the true purpose He has for every believer – knowing Him more and more, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings.

Philippians 3:12-15 ”Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own.  I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.  So let those [of us] who are spiritually mature and full grown have this mind and hold these convictions; and if in any respect you have a different attitude of mind, God will make that clear to you also.”

Don’t skim through these passages, dear readers.  Read the verses and meditate on them.  Get your own Bibles and read verses 7-9, as well.  Paul knew that the goal (verse 14) for which he effectively forgot all his failures and successes was simply to know Christ.  It’s not to preach to the masses, or to reach Rome, or to make a name for himself.  His passion, the motivation for everything he did, was to know Christ.  How many times have I read and studied these verses and missed the point?  Paul practically begs all who believe in Christ to lay aside all the other things that get in the way of this one goal for our lives.  When he speaks of having a different attitude of mind, he’s not talking about differences in doctrines or preferences in worship services, etc.  He’s talking about the one goal, the single pursuit, for which we have all been created – knowing Christ!  When we follow after this purpose, we can rest assured that all other differences will lose their places of prominence in our thoughts and attitudes.

How long has God tried to get this across to me, and I’ve just not tuned in, or, not stayed tuned in?  What about you?  Has our desire to pursue the ministry to which He has called us, the vision which He has given, become our goal?  I pray that we will all see ourselves as He sees us, whether our straying from this one goal has been great or small, and will allow His perfect adjustment.  Even as I write this, I sense such a release as we let go of all the things – even the good things – that have kept us from pressing on toward the goal of the greatest thing – knowing Christ.  When we make that our goal, our pursuit, we will make Him known to others, that they, too, will desire to know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings.