UnBlog # 522
I had the privilege of giving a fireside last Sunday Evening. It was a great blessing. I have done far fewer of them this year because of my health, so this was a sweet experience. After each fireside I listen to people’s questions about their own journey. It seems a human quality to want to make sense of our lives by use of logic. Unfortunately, logic is poorly equipped to make sense of spiritual things because God’s ways are much higher than our own, and His law is light and truth, not logic as we can define it.
Especially in spiritual things, we want to know the formula, the rules of the road, the laws, bylaws and fine print that governs spiritual blessings. I suppose our hope is that if we can learn all of the requirements, we can check them off one-by-one and then the blessing will manifest. Or, perhaps we are trying to make sense of why we checked off every box we understood, and the blessing is still somewhere before us.
One of the things that I love about the gospel of Jesus Christ is that it is extremely custom made for each seeker. There are undergirding principles, ordinances and requirements that are common to every journey, but when you go beyond those few things, there really are very few “rules” one can write down and check off. The process is very simply to “come unto Christ, and be perfected in Him.” That purifying and perfecting process will assuredly take as many different forms as there are people seeking it.
This doesn’t mean that we are left without a clear guide as we step off of the known and seeable launching pad. It means that if we have correctly prepared to step off, that we have already taken Christ as our guide, that we have attuned our spiritual ears to His voice, and that we are willing to do anything he asks us to do. Here is the great safety of coming unto Christ, that we are not following a set of rules, but a living, loving, enabling and atoning Christ whose work and glory it is to see that we actually arrive there. Our exaltation isn’t a work He is doing, it is the work He is engaged in. He isn’t doing anything else.
Now, here is the hard part, it is that we must let go of the handrails and the training wheels of the launch pad, and trust Christ to lead us there with complete safety and in the highest definition of efficiency. This is a big “if”, but one should never leave home without it – if we have taken the Holy Spirit to be our guide, then we can replace every question with the assurance of faith. We do not need to know why in every instance, we only need to know that it is His will. This is not blind obedience, this is obedience with our eyes open wide with wonder and acceptance, delighting in the eternal vistas that are opening before us.
Unlike some fictional deities, our God is a God of truth, and does not deceive or trick us. It is impossible for someone to take the Holy Spirit as their guide, firmly maintain their grip upon that iron rod, and then to end up anywhere else than at exaltation in the fullest eternal sense, and with multitude blessings, miracles, manifestations, visitations, powers, protections and blessings all along the journey there.
In this we can have absolute faith, even as it makes sense of everything that happens along the way. It makes sense because faith and inspired trust overcomes fear and doubt. The Holy Spirit whispers peace and makes of our lives a direct course seen most clearly in revelatory flashes and inspired hindsight, but straight and true nonetheless.
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