Coming Up in the Spirit

Through the process of repentance, forgiveness, grace by faith, and salvation…the cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ lifts our spirits to the top of the vertical graph-line spectrum of goodness and light…redeemed through Jesus and thus perfect in the Father’s sight because Jesus is the acceptable Passover Lamb of God.

But we also have a life-script destiny to live-out that is defined as a walk of faith…that is crafted by God and therefore perfect in its inception…but because it plays itself out within this broken and fallen world…our performance in it is less than perfect and therefore falls somewhere below the top-most point on this spectrum line…but above and higher up from the large zone of worldly conventional normalcy and thinking.

I believe this is where the biblical narrative stories of faith land on the vertical graph-line spectrum…perfect in their divine inception but less than perfect through human performance…except for the life of Jesus Christ which was both perfect in its inception and its performance.

I know that many people sitting in Christian churches of all denominations would be afraid to get anywhere near something called an adventure of faith.  Many churchgoers draw the line at some point in their adherence and participation in their Christian experience…afraid of becoming “too” religious.  The mere idea of sharing our faith is seen as being squarely on the other side of this acceptable line…and is derisively called “proselytizing” in politically correct vernacular and is seen by worldly conventional thinking as an offensive invasion of people’s right to be excluded from having to hear the biblical gospel message.

The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 1:7…”For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Leaving the safety and security of the familiar in worldly conventional normalcy and thinking…and entering into the unknown of an adventure of faith following Jesus Christ…is what we are afraid of.

God never asks us to be something we are not.  God does not want Christians to be hypocritical…saying one thing out of our mouths falsely that is not backed up by genuine experience, conviction, and belief.

And no one…not ourselves, and not skeptical unbelievers…should expect genuine Christians to be perfect.  If God does not expect us to be perfect…then neither should we or others expect perfection.  A God-composed adventure of faith life-script for us is not about being perfect.  It is about establishing a relationship of mutual faith and trust.

The Bible does tell us: “Be ye holy; for I am holy” (Lev. 11:44; 1 Pet. 1:16).  But we are holy through Jesus Christ…not of ourselves.

The place to start for Spirit-born Christians…to become more truly godly in a genuine way…is to start with the basics of daily prayer, reading the Bible, verbally surrendering and yielding our way to God with sincerity, and learning to listen to God in the Spirit.

God will not ask us to abandon our jobs and families and head-off to Tibet to meditate for three years.  God will not call us to take our families to the deepest Amazon rainforests or the wilds of New Guinea to evangelize the native peoples there.  God will not ask us to minster to the homeless, people in prisons, or to be street evangelists.

God will not call us to do any of these things…or similar challenging ministries…without first changing us from the inside-out…and giving us the internal motivation, vision, and commitment through the Holy Spirit that we wholeheartedly agree to step-into…alongside God.

Everything about our Christian lives is about coming upward on the spectrum of goodness and light.  Many verses throughout the Bible speak directly or allude to this (Col 3:1-3; Eph. 2:10; Heb. 12:1-2; 1 Pet. 2:9; Rom 4:13; Jn. 8:36; Prov. 3:5-6; 1 Cor. 2:12; Jn. 3:6; Jer. 31:33; Gal. 2:20).

If we are hesitant, reluctant, and fearful about surrendering and yielding our lives to God…about the calling He might enlist us into…the point of the biblical narrative stories of faith is that God provides all of the energy and capacity…even to changing us internally with improved character.  See the lives of Peter and Paul…for two different but brilliant examples of this.

Author: Barton Jahn

I work in building construction as a field superintendent and project manager. I have four books published by McGraw-Hill on housing construction (1995-98) under Bart Jahn, and have six Christian books self-published through Create Space KDP. I have a bachelor of science degree in construction management from California State University Long Beach. I grew up in Southern California, was an avid surfer, and am fortunate enough to have always lived within one mile of the ocean. I discovered writing at the age of 30, and it is now one of my favorite activities. I am currently working on two more books on building construction.

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