Taking your meditations of God’s word and allowing it to come ALIVE inside of you and then flow out of you, takes practice.
When you look at the stories throughout the bible and history of man and woman having deep encounters with the presence of God, it usually did not happen in a temple, synagogue or church. What you will see is man having a personal experience with the person and nature of God in a very ordinary, natural way. Take for instance Moses and his encounter with YHWH at the burning bush. (Exodus 3)
Moses’ encounter with the holiness of God is surely an external happenstance, but it is also an inner one. Immediately it changes Moses and drives him outward. This is what a deep inner experience should do for someone. One could call it a transcendent experience, but note that it is based outside in nature rather than inside of a synagogue or temple.
“Often it is in the open spaces of the ordinary world that the inner world is recognized and impacted.”
Immediately after Moses had his heart-stopping experience, YHWH said to him: “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt. Now, go! Tell Pharaoh to let my people go” (Exodus 3:7, 10). Our Creator God has just given Moses an experience of an unnamable Presence, and it has an immediate impact on Moses, his family and his world. Rather than invite Moses to worship or attend a church service, God says, “Go make a difference, Moses!”
“The fire burned FOR him, then IN him, and finally THROUGH him.”
As Jesus was sending his disciples out into the community, He spoke, “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:5-8)
As believers we have freely received so much and now we are admonished to go give it away!
Unfortunately, too many Christians have released themselves from this instruction and we have all have suffered as a result. In avoiding our most basic need to give back, many of us have lost whatever we might have gained in our personal and private devotions with the Lord.
What would it look like for every follower of Christ to freely give love, kindness, encouragement, prayer and gifts to anyone who has a need? What would happen to our communities if each of us took to heart Christ’s words? I believe the answer lies in the stories of every man and woman that is recorded for us in the Holy Scriptures who believed God and then acted on it.
I encourage you today my friends, to give Christ away to everyone or anyone you encounter who has a need. In sharing what you have experienced and learned, you really own the Gospel message beyond what you ever imagined. The Good News comes alive for you and others! It is something real and tangible that people can taste, feel and see! It is in the “giving away” that you are able to be recharged!
“God’s love is like an electric circuit; it never flows in just one direction.”
Allow it to flow through you, out of you and around you to the world you encounter daily. I promise you will grow and flourish personally, but you also will be changing history for the better! Our world needs God’s powerful love, grace and mercy to be shown through His people. We are called to be His witnesses!
Sadly, we see that many people know of no other way. No one told them about the wonderful alternative, a third way…..a BETTER way!
“You are the light of the world–like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14NLT
My prayer is that Christ’s followers will present the Gospel in a way that really changes people.
My Gateway to Love: Father, show me where to stand!
****This blog was inspired by the writings of R.Rohr – a mystic, a Franciscan friar, and a simple devotee of Christ