October 20, 2014


2 Corinthians 6:10 Having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

This concludes a pretty remarkable list of the seemingly incongruent nature of Christian living. When we don’t operate by this world’s standards, the world can’t figure us out. That’s why our lives have to be demonstrations of the grace of God, because otherwise, that grace is simply unbelievable. If we allow the world to shape our thinking about what is desirable, we won’t recognize the incredible riches that are ours in Christ. That’s what Jesus was talking about when He said, “In this world you will have trouble. But rejoice, for I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Those who are in Christ can indeed rejoice, regardless of their circumstances, because they are “seated with Him in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 2:6) That’s something the world cannot imagine, and will decry as total delusion. When we limit our view to what our minds can understand, we cut ourselves off from the unimaginable riches of God in Christ. It’s not at all that God wants us to “disconnect our minds.” The hippie movement was the devil’s counterfeit of the Church, with “turn on, tune in, drop out” as the mantra, using drugs to imitate the work of the Holy Spirit. The fallout from that is evident all around us, because “free love” very quickly became “free sex,” and the result of that is essentially in your face all the time. God wants us to apply our minds to seek Him, and allow Him to show us “great and unsearchable things [we] do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3) When our minds and hearts are fixed on Him, then the troubles of this world recede to minor importance, and we are able to rejoice in His incredible grace and goodness.

I find I am at a loss for words to express adequately all that is poured out on us in Christ. That’s unusual for me, because I’m very seldom at a loss for words! However, I am all too prone to allow temporal things to distract me from the eternal riches that are mine. That should give me real empathy for those to whom I minister, most of whom haven’t tasted as much of the Lord as I have. I know I don’t have sufficient wisdom to communicate it all, because it’s got to be revealed by the Holy Spirit. However, I can be available as His instrument, His tool, to get through to people. I just can’t “make it happen” in my own strength. I need to be sure first that my own relationship with God is right, so that I am a demonstration of the truth I am seeking to share, and then I need to let the Holy Spirit have full reign so that I speak/write His words and not just my own. My own words have no real power, but His words created the universe!

Father, thank You for Your overwhelming grace and love. Help me be an unpolluted channel for You to pour that grace and love through me to as many as will receive it. May I apply every gift You have placed in me to that purpose, not getting in the way but being fully available all the time, so that as many as will may come into full, right relationship with You, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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