Christian SimplicityKnowledge, ideas, and inspiration for those of us sown among the thorns of life — an approach to mindful and simple living that is genuinely rooted in the gospel of the kingdom.
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“Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.” — Mark 4:18-19 NIV
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This is one of those God Ideas that most of us think we believe, but don’t live as if we believe. We are so accustomed to proving our worth, and so unfamiliar with the outpouring of pure love. We might know God loves unconditionally and still find ourselves trying to earn God’s affections.
God’s greatest glory is that he is good. The brightest gem in the crown of God is his goodness. “I will make all my goodness pass before thee.” There is a panorama such as time would not be long enough to see. -C.H. Spurgeon
We moderns and postmoderns are not very good at holiness. This isn’t a statement about morality or purity, but about our world view. Yet God is Holy.
Most of us have the idea that God is all good and all loving, but we don’t always believe it. For example, we might think that God is good, but live in fear of being punished. We might think that God is love, but spend our energy trying to earn God’s approval. If we believe, deep down, that God isn’t fair, or doesn’t love us, or is waiting for us to make a wrong move, we demonstrate that in what we do, and especially in how we think about others.
Ever wonder why you act against your own best interest? Succumb to the pressures of consumerism? Resist spending quality time with God?
Blame the serpent.
It wasn’t willful disobedience that brought down Eden, but instead false beliefs about God. God created us to be in relationship with him, enjoying his presence as he enjoys ours. Our false ideas about God destroy that joyful intimacy.
At first I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die. He was out there sort of like the President. I recognized His picture when I saw it, but I didn’t really know him.
But later on, when I recognized God, it seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed God was in the back helping me pedal. I don’t know when it was that He suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since.
It is impossible to miss God on the mount of transfiguration (Luke 9:28-36) and too easy to miss him as I go about my day. Is every bush really afire with God? Perhaps not. Maybe sometimes a bush is just a bush. But there is no bush absent from his presence. As David wrote, “if I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” (Ps 139:7-12)