Just How Deep Is This Rabbit Hole?

As some of you know, this fall has been a ‘winter’ season for me in the parlance of In My Father’s Vineyard. God sent me into a season of rest so that he could prune away on things in my life and in how I live it with him. It has not all been easy and there are still many challenges to overcome, but obedience to him always leads to incredible fruit and I am so grateful for what he has done and will continue to do.

In the language of The Matrix and Alice in Wonderland I find myself today looking down a rabbit hole wondering just how deep this goes. I find his love more present than I could have ever dreamed. I find his involvement in the details of my life amazing, even though he doesn’t do anything like I think he should. And I find every response to him opens up new vistas into his nature and character that are breathtaking. These are not the exaggerations of a wordsmith; this has become my reality with him in ever-increasing measure.

In recent days I’ve been feasting in Colossians. The last bit of the first chapter and the first bit of the second say it as simply as it can be said. Here are some excerpts:

The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ in you, therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple. That is the substance of our message. We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the message…

I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God’s great mystery. All the richest treasures of wisdom and knowledge are embedded in that mystery and nowhere else…

My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him… Now do what you have been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! (The bold emphasis mine.) And let your living spill over in thanksgiving!”

Amen! Amen! Amen! Amen!

God’s life is not something you can study endlessly; it is something you live! If you don’t know how to live deeply in Christ, by all means find out! But don’t think you have to have it all figured out before you can live it. In fact you won’t figure it out until you do live it. Then you too can be awed by just how deep this rabbit hole goes. There are depths of love and heights of joy we have not even begun to explore in his incredible grace. I want so much for you to learn to live this way too and I find no greater joy in this age than helping folks do exactly that.

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  1. eddie December 17, 2004 at 4:54 pm

    Just How Deep Is This Rabbit Hole?

    Very very deep. Every time I check it seems deeper, so I have come to the conclusion to quit trying to figure out how deep it is, as you say, better living it, than trying to figure it out.

    Thanks for the encouragement.

    😉

  2. eddie December 17, 2004 at 7:54 pm

    Just How Deep Is This Rabbit Hole?

    Very very deep. Every time I check it seems deeper, so I have come to the conclusion to quit trying to figure out how deep it is, as you say, better living it, than trying to figure it out.

    Thanks for the encouragement.

    😉

  3. J December 17, 2004 at 11:41 pm

    Wow, so true. Reminds me of your book–Tales of the Vine. In it, you stated, "The early church understood the depth of intamacy that Jesus invited them to discover. They weren’t just born-again Christians, as if they had joined a new club. They were people ‘in Christ’ daily drawing his life and daily reflecting his glory."

    It seems that there are two choices that we clearly have. We can either choose to reflect His glory, or our own shame. I pray that I will reflect more of His glory.

  4. J December 18, 2004 at 2:41 am

    Wow, so true. Reminds me of your book–Tales of the Vine. In it, you stated, "The early church understood the depth of intamacy that Jesus invited them to discover. They weren’t just born-again Christians, as if they had joined a new club. They were people ‘in Christ’ daily drawing his life and daily reflecting his glory."

    It seems that there are two choices that we clearly have. We can either choose to reflect His glory, or our own shame. I pray that I will reflect more of His glory.

  5. http://andthenlifehappened.blogspot.com/ December 19, 2004 at 9:21 am

    Let your roots go down deep, into the marvelous love of Jesus Christ!

    From before the foundations of the world, our Father has been, "A Self-for others".

    The surrogate father, Satan became the personnifcation of a "self-for self".

    The Father’s offer is extended each and every day, Choose Life, or death!

    Love,

    Richard

  6. Richard December 19, 2004 at 9:25 am

    Let your roots go down deep, into the marvelous love of Jesus Christ!

    From before the foundations of the world, our Father has been, "A Self-for others".

    The surrogate father, Satan became the personnifcation of a "self-for self".

    The Father’s offer is extended each and every day, Choose Life, or death!

    Love,

    Richard

  7. http://andthenlifehappened.blogspot.com/ December 19, 2004 at 12:21 pm

    Let your roots go down deep, into the marvelous love of Jesus Christ!

    From before the foundations of the world, our Father has been, "A Self-for others".

    The surrogate father, Satan became the personnifcation of a "self-for self".

    The Father’s offer is extended each and every day, Choose Life, or death!

    Love,

    Richard

  8. Richard December 19, 2004 at 12:25 pm

    Let your roots go down deep, into the marvelous love of Jesus Christ!

    From before the foundations of the world, our Father has been, "A Self-for others".

    The surrogate father, Satan became the personnifcation of a "self-for self".

    The Father’s offer is extended each and every day, Choose Life, or death!

    Love,

    Richard

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