All of creation is waiting, for you to discover who you are.
When you hear about something being holy, what’s your immediate emotional response? Probably to lower your voice to speak in hushed tones, to adopt a posture and countenance of reverence, and to get serious. That’s quite the opposite of this raucous wine and BBQ fiesta. But that’s not the portion here I’m drawn to today. The part I’m fixated with this afternoon is the common phrase here regarding the joy of The Lord.
It is our alignment with the Divine nature of Joy that unloads massive quantities of strength. So I don’t have to create my own joy, even though I have the ability to do that through Him. One thing I know about chronically happy people, they’re not preoccupied with unattained desires or unmet expectations. Joyful people have lost their perception of lack, giving the world cause to quote phrases like ignorance is bliss. Yet the joyful may be quite the opposite of ignorant. God knows everything about everything, and remains eternally joyful. This must mean that if we are not joyful and He is, He knows something we don’t, and what He knows about you delights His heart. I’m just persuaded in this, that if we knew what God knows, we would be just as joyful as He is.
This section of Revelation reveals that in Christ, you ARE the kingdom of God. So then every time you pray the Lord’s Prayer, “May Your kingdom come…” you’re actually praying for yourself. You’re praying for the revelation of your authentic identity to be manifest. And it’s that identity which all of creation longs for the revelation of.
People find it hard to release to others what they themselves are not worthy of. Bitterness thrives within a heart unwilling to receive grace. What you extend to others, you release to yourself. When you release grace you agree with Christ. When you forgive others you forgive yourself. (see also Matt 7:1-3)
Love is not a concept, idea, philosophy, or feeling. Love is a Person, Jesus Christ.
When Jesus said let the children come, He was inviting them to do the unthinkable. To joyfully climb upon the literal “Mercy Seat” of God.
I have discovered that I only find rest in the arms of Love, my head on the pillow of Justice, enveloped in the breath of Peace. The inexplicable embrace of an absolutely good God whose just-ness was satisfied in Christ once for all, that is the kindness that leads me daily to a renewed mind. For neither Love nor Justice are a what (to be replicated), but rather a “Who” (to be represented). Now if I can just re-present that to everyone with a pulse…