I can’t stop thinking about what crazy beings we are – passionate, yet not intentional, logical one moment, irrational the next… joyful yet hopeless, courageous yet fearful. How are we pressing on with such an array of emotions? What are we doing with our days? There are so many things we say we FEEL passionate about… and yet what are we doing? The root of all I’m passionate about is to be Christ-like, for I would have no other reason to be passionate about anything. Yet how am I being intentional about following Him? How do we even know what steps to take? This idea of our crazy minds going all over the place has been termed for me as spiritual amnesia, and I think this concept is expressed very well in James 1:22:
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.”
That’s what we do. We look at ourselves in the mirror and then immediately forget what we look like. We read the bible and we forget what it says. But he who looks INTENTLY into the perfect law that gives FREEDOM will be blessed in what he does! We’re able to do this when we realize just exactly what God’s love means, and that his perfect law (the Bible) is for our benefit! And as we begin to understand, we discover more than a ‘should’ feeling; we discover a strong desire to read the Bible with intention, and escape this spiritual amnesia!
John 15:7-12 says that “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”
I can’t get over the fact that God’s perfect law, what we’re called to do, is LOVE; a word that gets thrown around worthlessly, meaning only what one wants it to mean. But it has a meaning!! For it’s never been true that God has a lot of love, but rather that God Himself IS Love. The word in its true meaning is the union of all his commandments, and in order to fulfill this call to LOVE, we must be INTENTIONAL about acting, following, and serving what we learn from His word and not letting spiritual amnesia hinder us from moving forward!
For me personally, it’s not always easy…As I talked about in my post Loving the Unlovable, there are times I get so caught up in the boys’ under appreciation, that my initial feeling is to give up on them, bring them down instead of build them up… I want to say “Fine, do whatever you want!” But I don’t… because what if God said that to me? What if God had given up on me amidst my hardest times – when I didn’t understand myself, but sure didn’t want other people trying to help me? I am firm in my faith, and I am sure of hope – but my hope is more important for the boys (and others) than it is for me! For I know for a fact in my own mind that the inconceivable God exists, that his son, Jesus Christ, died for our sins, and that the Bible is the word of God… but if my hope is not intentional, doesn’t transform me, doesn’t renew me, then it is nothing but the shell of hope – a hope for a hope.
|Our first Family Photo|
When you think about life as a Christian, what’s truly ours? As stated in 1 Corinthians 4:7, “For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?” Honestly, I think the only thing that’s truly OURS, is our free will (and even that was received). But we have a choice! We can either take God out of the box we’ve put him in, and see Him for whom He truly is, or we can continue thinking that WE know better. But once we make that choice to put our faith in Him – we have to be intentional about the hope we’re given. We have to be intentional about His love :-)