“Why Do I Live Here?!”
This is what our daughter Zayra said last nite after being told she could not watch any videos the rest of the day.
Well it’s a fair question. And maybe one we should ask ourselves regularly. It reminds me of what my buddy Sam said he has to stop and ask himself when getting upset about something,”What’s the point of my entire life?”
What is the point? Why do we live here?
What if it’s true that Jesus lived out perfectly what it is to be fully and truly human? Humanity 2.0 if you will. He lived 100% animated by God in all He said, in all He did, in how He saw people and the world, in how He listened, in how He worked, in how He ate, in how He prayed…He was one with God.
What if that is the whole point? To be another Jesus, who is the prototype of a new humanity. To be fully animated by His Spirit, just as He was fully animated by the Father. He was clear on the fact that He did and said nothing unless He first received it from God the Father.
Man, was He tuned in. One with God.
And God is love.
I keep coming back to becoming an unconditional love machine. I think that’s it. I think that is the healing of the nations. To act only in response to what we hear from our Triune Father. And this comes from tuning in to Him consistently over time. The dialing in to the frequency of God requires those disciplines of mind, body, and spirit everyday. Training ourselves to listen, and therefore, to hear more clearly the voice of YHWH.
I believe we live here to bring glory to God by becoming one with Him, more and more seeing how He sees, hearing how He hears, doing what He wills, thinking of others how He does–in compassion and selflessness–loving the hell out of everybody. And this includes seeing ourselves how He sees us–having infinite value and worth.
What if any situation or circumstance could be used to conform us to the image of God’s Son–if we acknowledged it as such, surrendered to it, and listened for God in the midst of it in order to respond to Him how He would have us?
Would we not live lives of love and fearlessness, becoming more and more immune (but not totally in this life) to discouragement because of the increasing ability to see right through it and trust God no matter how it looks?
“O Lord our God, you deserve to receive glory and honor and power, because you created all things; because of your will they existed and were created.” Revelation 4:11
Those He foreknew, you see, He also marked out in advance to be shaped according to the model of the image of His Son, so that He might be the firstborn of a large family. Romans 8:29
In the Name of Jesus,
Soli Deo Gloria