Ok so a case of the ‘Flu has meant i have not been in the blogosphere as much as before and i have managed to do even less than when i was spending hours a day here ( What’s a normal life like again? anyone remember?) 😉
But i’m happy to report i am almost fully recovered and can write at least one more new post….
The topic of living IN Him has been on my mind and heart and in my thoughts a great deal recently and i’d like to share something i came up with (hopefully ‘through’ Him) and see if any of you agree with, or can add to it…
Many Christians and believers seem to me to try to keep Him ‘in’ us. One example of this is the concept of what would Jesus do? ( WWJD?) where we attempt to ask ourself in any given situation what would he have done ( if he were us – or more acurately if He were where we find ourselves now) in the hope that we can become, or at least for that moment, act, more like the way we think He may have.
More simply: some may try to keep Him ‘in our Hearts’.
I don’t really believe we are able to do that at all. To me that is like taking an empty cup, dipping it into the Pacific Ocean, lifting it out and declaring we have THE Pacific Ocean in our cup when what we have in fact is a cup of salty water.
God is infinite – we are much less so; believing that we have Him ‘inside’ is quite arrogant and not very humble, as i see it.
I do not doubt for one second that we have Spirit within and that Spirit is OF God, but it is not ‘Him’
It seems to me to be a much better ‘arrangement’ if we desire to be in Him that we in fact BE – while becoming aware that we (every single one of us) exist entirely and completely within Him at all times (Acts 17:28) – even those times when all we are actually paying our attention to is our self – selfish thoughts, desires or wants… even selfish imaginings that we are doing what He wants for us when we quite clearly are doing what we want for us to do – which includes feeling like we are being ‘in’ Him.
I believe we should BE – in Him, not fool ourselves that we have Him ‘in us’ because we do ‘godly’ things, go to church, follow our own belief ( or sometimes the belief of others – perhaps those ‘in authority’ over us) of what Christ ‘IS’ ( and what His Father is also), read and do our best to follow Scripture – or the interpretation of Scripture that best agrees with what we think/feel/were taught is ‘The Right Thing’ – what ‘our’ God wants for us.
And this is the area of greatest confusion… how can we KNOW when we are doing what He wants compared to what we may incorrectly believe is His wish for us? is it a certain feeling? is it ‘certainty’? do we hear a bell or a trumpet when we get it ‘Right’??
How can we BE – in Him? And have some assuredness we are not deceiving ourself?
John (amongst others) has a word or three to say on that subject :
3 And hereby we know that we know Him, if we keep his commandments.
4 He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;
5 but whoso keepeth His word, in him verily hath the love of God been perfected. Hereby we know that we are in Him:
6 he that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also to walk even as He (Jesus) walked. (and let go of all worldly goods/possessions and live through Faith)
9 He that saith he is in the light and hateth his brother, is in the darkness even until now.
10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is no occasion of stumbling in him.
11 But he that hateth his brother is in the darkness, and walketh in the darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because the darkness hath blinded his eyes.
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the vain glory of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.(1 John 2)
There are Ten of His Commandments (Ex Ch 20) and the One Great Commandment – to love our neighbour (even those in other countries) AS OURSELVES!
Be! (follow the spirit that is at the heart of who we all are) – in Him!
…don’t try to put it the other way around.