Thursday, July 17, 2008

Accidents in Your Life?

"Classical Christian discernment involves certain underlying assumptions: human life is not accidental; it is a gift from a mysterious, loving Source. The purpose of this gift is twofold:

- an end in itself, loving/enjoying/creating, reflecting the nature of our Source

- and a directed loving/bearing/creating, aimed at unfolding that essential lovingness wherever it is closed off in a wounded, partially blind, and hostile nature." (Spiritual Friend by Tilden H. Edwards)

One way to think of it is this:

So God desires to reveal Himself to you.


God desires to reveal Himself through you.

Think about how intense His desire is for you and how great His joy is when He is successful. Jesus puts it this way:

"...suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.' In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." (John 15:8-10)

If there are no accidents, if God is actively seeking lost people, then a couple of things are true.

1.) God is at work in the circumstances of your life to bring you to Himself.
2.) God is at work through you to bring people around you to Himself.

What are ways God might want to reveal Himself to you or others today?

Through a card, a note, an e-mail, or a phone call?

Through a walk in the park or a drive in nature?

Through a song, a book, or a movie?

Through a conversation over lunch or coffee?

May He wake us up to His reaching, seeking Spirit. And may He use us to seek for lost people around us.

Grace & peace

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