We live in a world where everyone values the highlights. You turn on the sports channel and the entire time there are amazing highlights shown. You engage on social media and people put up pictures of the highlights, success of the business, the achievements. Many people look at these highlights and are inspired and may even say within themselves that I can do it too. I can do what they're doing. However, what we may neglect in admiring the highlights is this: the highlights that we are looking at does not show the process it took to perform that particular highlight. We cannot negate the process to greatness. As a matter of fact, Jesus was offered an opportunity to shortcut the process. Satan in Matthew 4 said to Jesus, "I will give you [the kingdoms of the world] if you will fall down and worship me." Jesus understanding that in order for his elevation (glorification) to come about it would require a process. When circumventing the process you will have to pay a tremendous price. Let's make an effort to follow Jesus' paradigm of submitting to the process so that we can elevate.
Apostle Paul writes in Romans 8:14 [ESV], "For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God." This is a very important statement. To be a son of God requires this qualification...we are led by His Spirit. After all, even Jesus was led by the Spirit. Matthew 4:1 tells us that Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted. So that would imply for us, the Spirit will not always lead us to places of comfort. However, we must still be led by the Spirit in order to maximize our life. Sons of God are Spirit led. Led the Spirit lead you into the truth. Led the Spirit show you what's to come, in order for you to avoid confusion.
As I sit here and ponder on the goodness of Lord, I began to reflect on his life. For those who have grown up in church, as I have ( I've stated numerous times that I have grown up under the church), it becomes dangerous because certain scriptures tends to lose its potency as a result of religion. As I began to embrace a thinking that aligned with the mind of Christ, this one thought has always been one that excites me.
In John 10:10 (red words), Jesus states, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."
As a child sitting in church, I would hear the preacher preach an impassioned message and then afterwards give an "altar call." The preacher would say something like, "Is there one who wants to invite Jesus into their life." Someone would come to the altar to receive salvation and the church would go crazy. As I've gotten older, I now understand that God's intent has never been for us to invite Him into our lives. Why? Our lives are messed up, chaotic, dark and any other negative term that you may want to add. The invitation has always been for us to come into his life. As Jesus said, I have come that you might have life..." The word life is the greek word, zoe', which means the God life. So, Jesus is saying that He came so that we can experience God's life and not the other way around.
So today, I invite you to experience God's life today. LIVE!!!