Tuesday, March 13, 2018

“The Mighty Current”

(Friends: we are currently in the midst of having significant electrical work at our house.  I know nothing about the matter, other than the simple principle of physics that illustrates the far greater spiritual reality referenced in this essay.  Glen)

"The Mighty Current"

     Human beings are hardwired for relationship.  Surely this constitutes a primary meaning of what Scripture teaches regarding our original creation in the image of that most relational of beings, God Himself.  Or, as He is otherwise known, "the Word" (Genesis 1:27; John 1:1).  

    The problem is that hardwiring does not accomplish anything in and of itself.  Current must flow through the conduits in order to supply energy to whatever device we seek to empower.  In precisely the same manner, our human members and faculties, made for the love of God and people, do not possess inherent power for such relationship.  This is one reason the fall of Adam in the garden of Eden was so disastrous.  Rather than trusting the Lord, Adam chose to believe Satan's lie that he could provide for his own being and existence: "Ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil" (Genesis 3:5).  In other words, "You not only possess the wires.  You must also provide the current."  This devil's deception led to death rather than life because God only is love in the inherent sense (I John 4:8).  Created beings who love must rely upon His presence, motivation, guidance, and enabling to relate to others in love.

    "The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us" (Romans 5:5).
    "It is God that worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13).
    "And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment" (Philippians 1:9).
    "And the Lord make you to increase and to abound in love one toward another, and toward all men" (I Thessalonians 3:12).

    Left to ourselves, no possibility exists of our loving in accordance with the only standard of love that matters, namely, God's benchmark of self-sacrificial devotion.  Our wires must be full of current, and the switch must be on.  God is the current.  Faith is the switch.  He made us to live thereby, and thus most importantly, to love thereby.  As we trust God in devotion to His glory, will, and eternal purpose in Christ, the very life of the Lord Jesus flows through us by the working of the Holy Spirit.  "The just shall live by faith... "to live is Christ" (Romans 1:17; Philippians 1:21).  Thus, "Christ, the power of God" serves as the Divine amperes flowing through our minds, emotions, wills, tongues, and bodies whereby we rightly relate to God and people (I Corinthians 1:24).  We live by Him.  We love by Him.

   The "wires" of believers are full of current described by the Apostle Paul to be "exceeding, abundantly above all we ask or think" (Ephesians 3:20).  Moreover, our Heavenly Father works in us to motivate, lead, and enable us to experience such dynamic enabling.  We, however, turn on the switch.  We believe the Word of God and thus become power-enabled conduits of the strength of God, or as Paul referenced, "the exceeding greatness of His power to usward that believe" (Ephesians 1:19).  Or we leave the switch off through negligence or even refusal to believe: "He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief" (Matthew 13:58).  The choices are ours, and there will be many of them in a lifetime lived in a fallen world.  What a glory to turn the switch on, to believe the Word of God.  What a shame if we fail to do so by ignoring or disbelieving the Word of God.  May He grant much grace in our relationship with Him and others to experience the mighty Current of love that resides in our wires.

"Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might."
(Ephesians 6:10)   
"We also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God."
(II Corinthians 13:4)

Weekly Memory Verse
    If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit"(Galatians 5:25).


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