November 10, 2014

It Isn't Differences That Are Irreconcilable....

King of the Hill, 1943 by Arthur Zeipzig

So now, where is the philosopher? Where is the scholar? Where is the skilled debater, the best of your time? Step up, if you dare. Hasn't God made fools out of those who count on the wisdom of this rebellious, broken world?

I Corinthians 1:19,20 (The Voice)

Once again, all our paths lead back to one small patch of ground; and unfortunately it become a burial plot for many.  We cannot cover this small patch of ground in one day or I would bury you (pun intended); part 2 is tomorrow. Remember playing King of the Hill as a child. As adults we play it all the time, without even realizing it.  We stand, immovable, fighting over......the way we think or what we perceive is truth: about us, our life, our relationships, what we are entitled to, what's fair, who deserves to get what they've dished out......and the list goes on and on.

Whether we are fighting upon a hill or a mountain makes no difference in it's affect upon us, this battle always changes our ability to see clearly.  When our scope become so narrow things are deformed, disfigured, unrecognizable, but that does not mean what we see is real, outside of our mind, anyway..  Unfortunately or fortunately, you decide,  this is when others begin to see what IS real about US: the discrepancies and commonalities between what is inside us and our appearance among men.  The reason I believe this is fortunate is because unless we are challenged, we are not able to see the hidden deeper fatal flaws within ourselves.

Here is my focus in all this: Christ came that He might reconcile all things to Himself.  Because of this, if we are saved,  there are no differences, only commonalities ~ Because we are one body.  Usually we speak of this in marriage relationships, but let's think about one person, one body.  There cannot be anything uncommon to one body, even though every area of the body does not experience everything the same:  my toe may get stumped, but my hand feels fine;  my head may hurt, but my eyes see fine etc., So, we can conclude, whether the commonality is comprehended, denied or embraced the effect of the commonality, the unity of the body, is the same; as long as the body parts do not become dismembered.

Is it really our differences which make us irreconcilable or just us, our selfishness?  Logically, we must admit that, if we are indeed reconciled to Christ, it must be us. Christ called us to follow Him, He gave us one Ministry: The ministry of reconciliation.  This "movement" is not in and of our self. It is for God and of the Peace (His peace) dwelling within us.  Which means if there is anything true, of good repute, honorable, lovely or to be praised it does not originate from our common form. Which is the reason Paul was concerned for his flock, warning them to remember how Eve was tricked by Satan's wiles and that their hearts and minds could be lead astray from the single-minded love and devotion to Him.

Galatians 5:15 we are asked "why are you viciously gnawing each other?"  This is not the only scripture warning us to be careful or we will eat each other alive.  James 4:1, speaks about our endless conflicts coming from our constant pursuit of gratification raging inside us; one translation likens it to a uncontrolled militia.  Paul gives us another reason in 1 Corinthians 3:
How do I know (you are Spiritually immature babies)? Are you fighting with one another? Are you comparing yourselves to others and becoming consumed with jealousy? Then it sounds like you are living in the flesh, no different from the rest who live by the standards of this rebellious and broken world.
Sometimes we will forget to follow, we are all still growing, and we will need patience to not run away from His growth process.  When that happens remember that it happens to everyone, and you are not irreconcilably different.  Thank God He puts it in black and white; you do not have to rely on me saying it:

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

With a blanket of love and prayers covering you,

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