Ever since I began this journey, my sole purpose was to fall in love with the very King that I led people to worship to. It's always been about that, Love..... yet as I look back at the American church and what I've been taught by example, it seems we've sinned... Sinned? yup... sinned.... I say sinned because the very meaning of that word means "to miss the mark", and we've done exactly just that as a gentile church.
How easy is it for the unbelieving world and even the modern church to directly correlate a man's faith based on sunday attendance & servitude? Even behind the pulpits every sunday, rarely will you find messages about the Love ,Beauty and Majesty of our God. More sermons these days are based on doing better, being better, and feeling better - all things that push us to become legalistic performance based christians that gear us to work FOR love, rather than being FROM love. All to often have I caught myself believing (and have clearly seen others) hold tight to the belief that mere obedience, "doing better", church dedication determines how much God loves us - which shows we have no idea what God's love is about. It grieves my heart when I see people painfully working for the Lord in begrudging submission, or those that don't know their royal identity as a Saint of Christ that put their identity in lifeless things - both equally trudging through life when God clearly said He gives life to the FULL (John 10:10). Full means exactly that, FULL to the Brim and over flowing, yet we live our lives sometimes begging the lord as a lowly servant and putting our hope that "God will provide" rather than "You'll return soon". Our aim for the Lord is low and our identity goes low with it.
A thought I want to leave you all with is this:
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"
2 The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.' "
4 "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. 5 "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
If we were made in God's exact image, and had complete communion with God in the Garden, do you find it interesting that Satan deceived Adam & Eve to pursue an identity that they already were? Adam & Eve were already like God, yet Satan challenged them by turning their identity into a religion. No fruit had to be eaten to become what God already created them to be, perfect and wonderfully made in His image.
Often we'll find ourselves deceived - believing in the power of the Cross, that the price & curse has been paid, yet not knowing our identity beyond the cross. We'll find ourselves more prone to identifying ourselves as a unworthy sinful sinners "save by grace" but having to "payback" for all the wrong we've done through servitude. Reality is, He already paid it on the cross - so you can't payback what's been ransomed - and we're considered a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9) and Saints to our God (1 Cor 1:2 & Eph 2:5-7) - so we can't be sinner's because thats what we were saved from.
Let not the world and the evil one Challenge our identity. We are children of God made in His image, that have been brought back to a place of intimacy through The Cross. Let's not live our lives pursuing mere religious actions to find identity in God, but let us pursue an intimacy with Him where we see Him face to face because of what we are already are. God wants us to be back in communion with Him and He's made that way for us.
"Religion is man's meager attempt to reach God, Christianity is the victory of God reaching Man"
Love yall more than ya know