Thursday, September 25, 2008
Seasons Change...and boy this one is a doozie! / Living Epistles
Last fall I wrote a post on change. I could feel something coming, but I didn't know what it was or what to expect. Change did come in the form of many storms this past year...it has been an overwhelming year on so many fronts...our personal lives, family and friends all around us, the church both local and national, change and storms in the weather, the economy, even the stability of our country. So here I am a year later on the brink of a seasonal change once again, but what is really catching my eye right here right now is the change that is starting to blow through the Kingdom of God.
There is so much bubbling up inside of me...where and how do I start. As you my readers and blog buddies have noticed when I get warmed up to a subject I can get long winded.
So I am apologizing up front.
I think I can say one name that will be the most recognizable symbol to all that I am feeling in this moment.... Sara Palin...!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now hold on to your hats for just a minute, because this is NOT going to be about politics...just breath =]
What I am so stirred about in my spirit is an excitement that started to gell from the first sentence or two I heard come out of this woman’s mouth...it was not her specific words, it was the spirit coming through her. When I began to observer her life, and the living testimony of who she is In Christ....OH MY GOODNESS....! I am not talking about her politics all though that is very much a part of who she is. I am not even talking about her womanhood, all though she is running that race quite well. What I am talking about is, a life that is a living epistle to her family, her community, her church, her state, and now even her country. No she is not perfect, and neither is anyone of us. There are many Sara Palin’s out there on this planet, in this nation, in my community. Matter of fact every good friend that I know, I can look at their lives this year as the storms of life have blown through their families, their homes, their jobs, their finances, their health,their churches...the list goes on and on....and what I am seeing is a Sara Palin type of character that is so remarkable in strength, in resolve, in determination, to trust in God, and to live their lives “My Utmost for His Highest” to quote a popular book title by Oswald Chambers.
I can't help but rejoice as real life flows through these folk’s veins...even when I look around on blog land...Brin's uncle in My Messy Thrilling Life, testimony came through strong and clear in a video he made about his Ike experience. Today I ran into a very good friend who's life and the trails she is facing and walking out in public is a living breathing testimony of God's redemption. I have not seen in my lifetime this kind of courage, this kind of grace. Oh I am sure that the generations of the past have walked this way, but now I am seeing it in my generation, in my people, in my friends, in my family. I could go on and on, but let this portion of scripture say what I am not very eloquent in expressing myself, but what my heart is seeing and my Spirit is singing…
2 Corth 3:2-12
You yourselves are all the endorsement we need. Your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just looking at you.
Christ himself wrote it--not with ink, but with God's living Spirit; not chiseled into stone, but carved into human lives--and we publish it. We couldn't be more sure of ourselves in this--that you, written by Christ himself for God, are our letter of recommendation.
We wouldn't think of writing this kind of letter about ourselves. Only God can write such a letter. His letter authorizes us to help carry out this new plan of action. The plan wasn't written out with ink on paper, with pages and pages of legal footnotes, killing your spirit. It's written with Spirit on spirit, his life on our lives!
The Government of Death, its constitution chiseled on stone tablets, had a dazzling inaugural. Moses' face as he delivered the tablets was so bright that day (even though it would fade soon enough) that the people of Israel could no more look right at him than stare into the sun.
How much more dazzling, then, the Government of Living Spirit?
If the Government of Condemnation was impressive, how about this Government of Affirmation?
Bright as that old government was, it would look downright dull alongside this new one.
If that makeshift arrangement impressed us, how much more this brightly shining government installed for eternity?
With that kind of hope to excite us, nothing holds us back.
Unlike Moses, we have nothing to hide. Everything is out in the open with us. He wore a veil so the children of Israel wouldn't notice that the glory was fading away--
and they didn't notice. They didn't notice it then and they don't notice it now, don't notice that there's nothing left behind that veil.
Even today when the proclamations of that old, bankrupt government are read out, they can't see through it. Only Christ can get rid of the veil so they can see for themselves that there's nothing there.
Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are--face to face!
They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We're free of it!
All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.
MSG (bold my emphasis)
Thank you God for the Living Epistles you are placing and positioning for such a time as this!
And God let each one of us be willing to be placed and postitioned so that we can be your reflection of the Kingdom to the world around us.