Accompanied by the last number of blogs we have been journeying through a process in my experience, its aim is that God may achieve an end in me and just a little assist us all. I suppose we would have to say its a maturing process, a journey of one degree to another. Over the 40 years I have come to realise that what we call sonship is not an event or something that is given but it really is a process, a process of maturing. We are all born ‘children of God’ and all have the potential to become sons of God as we mature into the full measure of Christ. I would suggest that this is the only thing that can explain the circumstances, the challenges along with the joys of our walk for however many years we remain in our ‘earth suit’ so to speak, the apostle Paul called it a ‘tent‘.
Here is a biblical story to hook that though on. At the age of 12 as Jesus grew in favour with God and mankind, we will know this account of Jesus that he was left behind in the temple, this is not a series of titles for an eschatological writings but Jesus was actually left behind by mum and dad. The day mum and dad lost God, what a parenting achievement. All of us who have had children have lost one in a shopping mall, or somewhere the scare, the fear, well Mary and Joseph lost God. It tells us of a very different community feel that they lived with to today, may be? Community was so strong for Jesus, someone would be caring for the other child, “…no need to worry when you cannot see him, some ones eye will be upon him…” but after a day they realized “he’s not here.” Jesus own words told us he know his aim of life “about my Fathers business” yet his heavenly Father sent him back for 18 years to the wood cutting shed to be a builder. He was not ready, although he could confound the teachers in the centre of all things of God, he had not matured to the place necessary yet. In his 30th year when he stood at the river banks with John “this is my beloved Son” was declared and the Old Testament saying “today I have begotten you as my Son” comes into view. Jesus had matured through 30 years of life, joys, pain, challenges, suffering as he learned to be obedient until he now was a mature Son – Think about it! Sonship is a process open to us all to become ‘sons of God.’
So we continue on our process of life and learning, maturing to this end…
Taking up other people’s’ offenses
Frequently those who were proud, rebellious or stubborn would get hurt. They would then Campaign for support. In the ensuing controversy I often foolishly found myself supporting persons out of sympathy or friendship though lacking understanding as to the issues involved, taking up their offenses as my own.
Some of these arguments would go on for months at a time and churches would have several ‘cliques’ within them that were quite political in nature. I had to learn that:
- To be part of the answer you must not become part of the problem.
- Defend a rebellious person and you share their lot and outcome.
- Support the proud and you share their downfall.
When friendship rules judgment then the best means of bringing resolution is rendered impotent.
Because I was generally untaught in the scriptures, I tended to learn from what I saw in others. The people I admired were strong men with equally strong opinions.
In the absence of personal revelation I adopted their opinions as my own. I failed to realize that when secondhand opinions are stubbornly defended, one can end up a bigoted exponent of other people’s’ prejudices.
- Your foundation in life is your personal revelation.
- In order to stand in truth you must be in the revelation of it
This is the essence of John’s assertion ‘Yet I know that the touch of the Spirit never leaves you, and you don’t really need a human teacher. You know that his Spirit teaches you about all things, always telling you the truth and never telling you a lie. So, as he has taught you, live continually in him.’ (1 Jn.2:27)
Let us press on as we are encouraged to do so in the scripture laying hold of the end that the Father is drawing, loving us to!