October 24, 2012

The Truth of God's Wonder

Ephesians 4:25 ESV
Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 

The work that Christ does in our hearts is truly miraculous.  Christ gave himself up for me so that I may be made new, by putting away all falsehood, and instead, living in the light of truth; recognizing that truth only comes from God, the creator of all things.  Who am I, to challenge the truth of God's spoken word?  He is the sovereign God who gave me the ability to contemplate Him, confront my deceitful heart, and marvel at my souls eternal existence.  The wonder of God defines the truth that I pursue.  I also find beauty in knowing that I will never be able to fully comprehend this truth and the God that loves me, like only a father can.  This passage of scripture makes me think of love.  What a broad thing love can be, especially when I recognize that God is the author of it.  Fortunately for me, I was raised in an environment that expressed this to me.

In Ephesians 4, Paul takes us on a crucial and life changing journey.  It so crucial that we put away our old way of life, of thinking, of acting, of responding and take on a new mind and heart, that comes directly from Christ.  Sometimes I forget that Christ is far more than just words on a page, or truths once told to me by my family and friends.  When I surrendered my life to Christ, and admitted that I was a sinner, I received the Holy Spirit.  The same spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead entered my life, so that, my soul would be realigned with God's heart, and God's desires.  That experience is crucial, and that experience is life changing

Paul says we are to "speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another."  Previously, I had said that the wonder of God defines the truth that I pursue.  If this is what I seek, according to Paul, this is also what I must share with the world around me.  One of the best ways to infect the world with wonder of God is to first, be in authentic awe of God. 

Psalm 8:1-4 ESV
O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?

I pray that when I look at the moon and the stars, that I would stand in awe of God's hugeness and magnificence.  Once I am there, staring into the eyes of God's creation, I see his character and am filled with his love.  I realize how small I am and how sovereign He is, and yet, he chooses to work in my life everyday and every moment.  This experience is what will infect the world with the truth of God's wonder because your heart begins to overflow.  God is not just enough, He is abundantly more than you could ever ask for or imagine.  

I want to make sure I take the time to stand in awe of God's magnificence so that I can infect the world with the truth of God's wonder. I can only do this with a heart that is overflowing from the grace that God has so abundantly poured out upon me.

5 comments:

Faithinhardtimes said...

Amen. You have a great way to explain your heart Shane. God has certainly infected you with passion to share His Word with all you influence. May your passion for Christ always grow larger.

Faithinhardtimes said...

Amen. You have a great way to explain your heart Shane. God has certainly infected you with passion to share His Word with all you influence. May your passion for Christ always grow larger.

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