Monday, August 16, 2010

Listening to God

At that time Jesus answered and said, "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. " 
Matthew 11:25-27

To enter kingdom of heaven we must be like a little child is a profound mystery.  Jesus could have said become like a big child or a teenager. Yet, He said a little child. 

Who did God hide the hidden things from?  He hid them from the wise and prudent.  Surely He didn't mean those that were wise with the wisdom of God.  For the wisdom of God is revealed by God. He was saying the wise in their own eyes.  He was hiding the hidden things from those who were relying on their own thinking.  We tend to think that our thoughts are pretty good.

Who did God reveal the hidden things to?  He revealed them to babes.  Think for a moment. What is a babe like?  A babe must be fed, clothed, given drink, instructed, guided, protected, held close.  A babe is dependent, totally and completely on the parent for everything. A babe can do nothing on it's own. A babe does not know how to think yet or how to interpret his/her world. Jesus said we must become like a little child, one who is completely dependent on the Father for everything. As we come to Him like a little child, the Father reveals Himself to us.

Think of how Jesus lived.  Jesus said only what the Father said to say.  Jesus did only what the Father said to do.  Jesus lived in perfect obedience. What He spoke was revealed to Him by the Father.  Jesus lived like a babe all the time.  He always listened to the Father and did exactly what the Father said. The Father interpreted reality to Him because the world of the Father was not seen with physical eyes.  Jesus never had an independent thought of His own.  He never had an independent action.  He did and said, perfectly, only what the Father said to do and say. He lived in abandon to God.  Selah.  Think about this for a moment. Let it sink in.  Why did He do exactly what the Father said to do, even to the point of death on a cross. 

Jesus obeyed God because He knew and loved God and He knew that God was right all the time. He knew that God was actively working out His righteousness all the time, working all events and all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. He walked within this intimate connection to God, doing and saying exactly, and only, what He told him to do.

The moment we surrendered our lives to Jesus, we entered into Christ. God connected us into Himselfr through faith in Jesus Christ.  We are in Christ. The fulness of God is in Christ and we are in Him.  He is in us.  We are engulfed in God. and now move and live and have our being in Him. We have gone from being independent and disconnected, to being connected and dependent upon Him for everything.  

We no longer know how to interpret the seen world.  We have been born again and we now exist in the unseen. The problem with being in an unseen world is that we can't see it!  It's a world of faith.  Now we must listen to the Father. He has given us the Holy Spirit and He now teaches us, constantly and continually revealing Himself to us.  The Father speaks to us and teaches us through the Spirit, showing us the hidden things of His Kingdom, teaching us and enabling us know Him and grow as His child. 

We begin to realize that we have no wise thought on our own. Everything we once knew, we no longer believe.  The worldy systems, the religious rules, no  longer dictate reality to us because we are not of this world any longer.  Our reality is not of this world.  It is unseen and we listen to the Father for commands to do or say or wait and we move with Him as He sets captives free, as He binds up the broken hearted, as He raises the dead man and give him life.  The Father is always speaking, always working, always conforming us to the image of His son, in complete abandon and trust in His word, because He is always right in all His ways. 

Jesus said, "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent."   What is eternal life?  That they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.  That's it. How do we know God? We know Him as He reveals Himself to us. And the amazing thing is that He is always revealing.  He is always working out His will in and through us.  He is always conforming us to the image of His Son.   So we believe Him and obey Him, showing our  love for Him with complete abandon because He alone is right and He is good.  This is Christianity. It's not a religion.  It's a walk of faith.

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