SIMPLICITY IN CHRIST

Taken at the Luttrull farm
Photo by Tracey Lewis

We are called to walk by faith and not sight. I think it would be safe to say it isn’t only sight, as in physical eyesight, but it also includes walking after our outward senses. When Adam ate of the forbidden tree his outer eyes were indeed opened but it was at the expense of having his inner eyes closed. He began to see the outer world, and started thinking and being led by it, rather than the inner world of the Spirit.

From that time on we have been living in the outer flesh realm as if it has the final say. Let me define this outer flesh realm a little so you’ll know what I’m talking about. Man is made up of three parts a spirit, soul and body. God’s plan has always been for us to walk after the Spirit. The enemy, on the other hand, had other ideas that involved distracting us. He enticed our first parents into the outer life with a promise of autonomy. He told them their eyes would be opened and they would be like God. He promised them the impossibility of independence. God created humans as Temples for his Spirit, branches for his vine and vessels for his living water. The enemy’s temptation was to get us to see ourselves as “like God” rather than a simple vessel or conduit. God’s plan was to indwell us so we would be his point of contact in the world. He would live his life through us the willing vessel.

I am so thankful God had a plan to rescue us from the temporal trap of the material realm and reorient us in the Spirit. It seems he literally had to turn us inside out. Once our lives became painful enough and we recognized the vanity of living after the flesh the deception of independence became too much so we finally opened ourselves up to allow Christ in. Whew! Thank God through Christ he sent his Spirit to indwell us and begin the process of returning us back to the Spirit led being we were intended to be. This of course isn’t immediate and takes a little bit of cooperation from us. When I say cooperation I mean it takes our willingness to let God do whatever it’s going to take for us to learn how to hear from him and learn to let him be God rather than thinking we are.

The promise of opened eyes, becoming wise and being like God was quite the ruse. We have lived for so long believing in this lie it takes some of us a long time to start believing the truth of God. This is why I believe God chooses the foolish. It’s less difficult working with someone when they already know they don’t know it all. For the rest they have to unlearn everything they had always believed before they can start living by the Spirit.

Paul wrote the Corinthians “But I fear, least by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” God’s plan really is remarkable in its simplicity. He created man to be the conduit through which he would rule his world. When his very own creation rebelled against him he came to reconcile us back. Most would think he would do this by way of fire and brimstone and yet he chose a completely different method. While our sins were what separated us from him, and only death could balance the books, he chose to pay it himself. I imagine it went something like this. “Man owes a debt for sin and he can’t possibly pay it. I love him so much I’m willing to pay whatever it costs. If I have to be the sacrificial Lamb I will because that is how much I love them! Even if they do choose to reject me and my sacrifice I’m going to do it anyway because that’s who I AM.”

Written by Louie

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