Monday, June 10, 2019

"Walking and Working"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…

"Walking and Working"

    Many years ago, I read a Gospel tract that encouraged new Christians to think of God as sitting on the throne of their hearts.  I didn't take issue with the imagery then, nor do I presently disagree with those who affirm the Lordship of Christ in such terms.


    "I will dwell in them and walk in them" (II Corinthians 6:16).
    "It is God that worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13).

    Again, with no disrespect or disagreement intended toward those who suggest the image of the throne, I find it more directly Scriptural and encouraging to perceive God in the dynamically active terms of our Lord's walking and working.  As the Holy Spirit moved upon the face of the waters in Genesis 1, we do well to consider Him moving upon the face of our hearts in the ongoing determination to empower our minds, mouths, hands, and feet to glorify the Lord Jesus.  Indeed, our Savior declared that the Holy Spirit dwells in the world and in believers to honor and reveal the Son (John 16:14; 15:26).  We can therefore expect the Spirit's moving within us to effect His purpose, calling us to share in the determination to bear witness to Christ: "He shall testify of Me… Ye also shall bear witness" (John 15:27).

   For some, the image of the throne may be powerful and practical in its motivation, encouragement, and challenge to respond to the Lordship of Christ.  This is more than fine, and I rejoice in those who seek to honor their Lord in its holy light.  For others, including myself, the truth of the Holy Spirit's active walking and working more thrills, fills, and fulfills our hearts.  Yes, the One who moved upon ancient waters in dynamic creative activity now moves within spirits in the newness of His redemptive activity in Christ.  Let us trust that such Truth is true.  Because it is.  And let us expect that glories of God's grace and truth will spring forth within us and through us as the Spirit of God mightily walks and works to honor the Son of God in the children of God.

"Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power to usward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places."
(Ephesians 1:17-20)

Weekly Memory Verse
  Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name.  Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
(Psalm 29:2)



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