Monthly Archives: November 2012

Unity

“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.” Psalm 133

I wonder, will we ever attain the unity that God meant for us.  The psalmist must have experienced it because he talks of it in chapter 133.  My sister holds this passage close, as do I in the longing for relationships that are like the watering of the earth, or the pouring of anointing oil.

So perfect is the dew that accumulates as snow on the mountaintop and in the spring melts into pure water that flows down giving life to everything from plants to people.  And the oil—a blending of spice and aroma that consecrates the holy ones who make sacrifices on behalf of those they serve to the God they love for the people they love.

Unity in its purest form is a thirst quenching emulsion of life.  It feels as good as a cold drink after hard work or as in sync as a swimmer’s stoke against the water.  Serving and being served, outdoing one another in showing honor to each other, carrying one another’s burdens, giving before taking, loving all the time, forgiving all the time…laughing together, dancing together, breaking bread and sharing wine.  Opinions die and sides become circles with one center—God.  God, who in perfect unity is the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!”


And to Jesus

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”  Matthew 5:6

Hunger and thirst dominate my life.  I am always seeking for satisfaction that I can’t find in any other source but Jesus, but I still seek.  The frustration I experience when I consume counterfeit contentment always builds to a point of implosion which leaves me feeling empty and ugly.

When I seek Jesus, He reminds me that what I crave is certainly not the momentary pleasure found in my appetite, but it is nothing less than what all children of God seek—satisfaction, fulfillment, contentment.  It is the whole of our longing and it is what drives us to visit other gods, to resist forgiveness for fear of revisited pain, and to elevate what should only lowered to the rightful place under the feet of Jesus who is over everything.

The blessing of being a hungry one is there is always room for the filling of the Spirit.  That is the other side of this for which I live and breathe.  I know when the pangs of hunger set in and thirst drives me to solitude it is then that I find myself on the resolute trek to the mountain where my strength is tested and my weakness revealed.   When I do it right, I am carried to the place where glory permeates the air and joy mixes with humanity to bring forth a peace that steals every ounce of grief, desperation, exhaustion, loathing and barrenness.  It is then that I love.  I love my God, Jesus whose blood speaks the perfect word of grace, freedom, and life.  And I love others, who with me enjoy the righteousness of Jesus and look forward to dancing with angels as we gather at the throne in festal celebration of the living God who saved us for life eternally in the new Jerusalem.

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.” Hebrews 12:22-24

Yes, “blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”  Matthew 5:6


Eternity

John 17.  I love that Jesus, on His knees before His death on the cross, in acknowledgment to the Father of all that is and will be, prayed for us.  We are those that have been given to Him and have been given eternal life through Him.  This immortality—life with no end, is far more than perpetual existence.  It is the intrinsic knowledge of “the only true God and Jesus Christ…”

But we have the mind of Christ. (2 Corinthians 2:14b)” Do we know, or live like we have been given the ability to reason, conclude, teach, and love like God.  That when we put off the desires and motivations of our individual innate natures and agree with our ownership in Christ, we become all things that the Spirit embodies.

I am becoming all the more mindful and grateful for those God has given me.  Those people that have been placed in my life, where mutual love and edification exists in divine harmony.  We all have been given those relationships of family, friends, and co-workers, where we exercise brotherly love, mentor and be mentored, submit to and rule over with a communal goal of glorifying the Son, who glorifies the Father.

Take care of them, all of them, all who I have given you.
Love them second and I will love you first.
My love is better and never needs.
My love is fruitful, always returning and sweet to satisfy.
Give them your weeks and I will give you more days.
Give them your hours and I will give you more minutes.
Give me your life…and I will give you eternity.