Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Dust Upon The Crown

Dust Upon the Crown
                                                               

It seems we will be remaining in the basics for one more week, though this is not a bad thing.  Perhaps a return to our roots and the core of our existence is worth re-examining now and again.  It is easy sometimes to actually forget what it means to be a Christian and a child of God.  And I’m not talking about just going to church on Sundays and voting conservative.  Or wearing a cross around our necks in public, or following the list of social don’ts.  I fear that with everything going on in our lives day in and day out we tend to forget that we actually saved and redeemed from something to something else.  That the core of our lives is based on Someone, and not on somewhere we go week in and week out.  Amidst the toil and turmoil have we forgotten Christ?  And have we as Christians unknowingly forgotten Christ and become “ians”?

It isn’t something we consciously do, no one wakes up and says I’m going to be a Christian without Christ.  A detachment from Jesus comes slowly and isn’t realized until our own strength has failed us.  And we are left looking up, asking for forgiveness for our stubbornness and blindness.  Even when it comes to prayer, we can speak without thinking and race to finish our shopping list, never stopping to think of who we are talking to.  At the greatness and nearness of His grace and power, we unload and move on never stopping to know that “He is God”.  Yes, the enemy does want to separate us from oneness with the trinity, to bring us back to a state of “self”.  Truth is our weapon, but what truth is that?

1 John 5:19-20 “19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.  20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.”  NKJV

The constant realization that Jesus the Messiah is with us always should be the cornerstone of our entire existence.  He is always here, yet we are rarely here, rather we are there and everywhere else.  At work, at church, at the game, at the store, in bed, on the couch, always alone (by choice) on the inside.  It is one thing for those outside the new covenant to feel this way, it is entirely different for the adopted children of God to do so.  We need to be reminded that we are “set apart” that we are saved, that we have been given eternal life. By no merit of our own, but by Christ alone, and at one point we turned and accepted Him and our lives changed.  All was stripped away, and all that was left was.

1 John 5:1-5 “5 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”  NKJV

How often do we stop to think of ourselves as overcomers?  Now compare that to how often we think of ourselves as believers and lovers of Christ.  Answer that question and you will see where your heart lies.  You cannot have one side without the other.  If you want to overcome the world, believe and truly know Christ and keep His commandments.  Then and only then will He reveal all He has to you.  This again comes down to spending time knowing Jesus, by worshipping, reading, praying (with Him not at It), or just being still (psalm 46:10) and silent.  Most often it is in the silence that we see the clearest, when we silence our heart and ignore the chaotic world around us, we can remember who He truly is.  And all the assumptions from the world, radio, TV, internet, leaders, church-goers, and unbelievers about Jesus fade into the abyss of silence.  Then we can remember and know with all our being.

John 3:14-21 “4 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,  15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  18 "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.  21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God." NKJV

Do we as light still cling to the shadows, is there still corners of our heart that long to be re-assimilated into the night.  Now I’m not talking about becoming a murderer (hater) or a adulterer (luster) I am talking about the most dangerous manifestations of the darkness.  The little whispers that kill us, thoughts of our own strength and ability and the amnesia of grace and truth.  Becoming a Christian the experience of being born again is not a “set it and forget it” experience.  Everyday we must humble ourselves, come to the throne of grace and know that He Is, not was or will be.  We must create a lifestyle of being aware of Christ and God and Holy Spirit at all times.  A lifestyle of not relying on our habits and traditions to get us through the days and weeks.  We are children of God, joint-heirs of Christ first and foremost, above all else, be it families, denominations, nationalities or color.  If we keep Christ first in our actions and thoughts and not just in words then we will be the light spoken of in John 4. 

If you have drifted in anyway from God in anyway, there is a way back.  I’m not talking of just being unsaved or if you are backslidden and running from God.  But in any situation where we have forgotten Him in any degree, or have become a mere Christian by association.  Drifting in and out clinging merely to our first cry of salvation.  There is a promise and a path back into the arms we never actually left.

Romans 10:8-13 “8 But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame."   12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For "whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."   NKJV

Remove the dust from the crown that Christ has given you through his shed blood.  Remove all in your hearts that distract us from Him, and abandon all thoughts of life without the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  A choice must be made: are you a Christian never forgetting or watering down all He has done for you?  Or have you taken the Christ out of Christian becoming an “ian” always running without ever stopping, claiming the traditions of others as your Source and declaring to know Christ yet never seeking, never knocking, never asking.



Written by Cameron Conway

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