So…how can you tell that you are “Seeing What Really Is?”
November 7 ‘16 Seeing What Really Is Part 26 ~Paul Gray
What will your life look like? How will you feel? What will be your prevailing mind-set?
Will other people notice any difference in you? Will it be a good difference, or will they label you a “religious wacko” and distance themselves from you?
Will your speech sound like you’ve swallowed the communion table and every other word you say end in “eth?”
Will you have to give up everything you enjoy and spend all your time doing dreary, unfulfilling “ministry” things?
Will you need to no longer hang out with old friends whom you love and enjoy because they aren’t “Christians?”
If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, may I respectfully ask you to read the preceding 25 articles again!
(More and more…but not always) Here’s what your life will look like—it will be characterized by unconditional love for everyone, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faith, spiritual power under control, mercy, compassion and grace for everyone. You will find yourself truly enjoying life…and people. And…your life will look like REST. Jesus seems to put a very high premium on rest!
Don Keathley: "We must accept the fact that grace is revealed layer upon layer. With that in mind we have to give each other grace for where we are in going through those layers. Just because someone is waaaaay back where you were last year does not mean they are still in bondage and if someone is way out there past where you can see where grace could ever take us does not make them a heretic.....Plenty of room in grace, which is THE ONE THING we all need no matter where we walk."
Matthew 11:28-30 MSSG Jesus: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Francois Du Toit writes in his commentary on Hebrews 3:19 “The ultimate proof of faith is not experience of the supernatural, but entering into His rest. His rest celebrates His perfect work. He longs for you to discover your own completeness and perfection as seen from His point of view. His rest is sustained in you by what he sees, knows and says about you in reference to the finished work of Christ. Jesus is what God believes about you!