I love how God deals with people on the journey and the different experiences have in learning to Live Loved. I think you’ll enjoy this one. I met this man and his wife last month, and he was a relatively new believer, but incredibly passionate for the life of God. Here’s a bit of his story.
I have become an ardent podcast listener the past several weeks, partly because my wife listens first thing on Fridays and shares what she gets from your broadcasts and as Father would have it, the topic seems to have some corollary value to something I have been exposed to. Since your visit I have been blessed to listen to all your previous podcasts dating back to last November.
I have spent the better part of fifteen months persevering in a season that my inner spirit man was subtly nudging me – “this isn’t all there is”… that a church-centric life, even a great church by church wisdom, was still a circle that didn’t get along with the knowledge I had that “its not about the rules, its about the relationship.” I couldn’t hear the simple one and one of it all—to realize my idolatry was my Bible, the church, certain leadership and my deepest wanting to be ‘used” in any capacity by God for His kingdom. All the while, believing if it’s less of me and more of Him, I am successfully positioning myself for His plan. So why, then, was it not working?
Unfortunately, I was living within a duplicitous belief system. On one side I was living in “faith” that God would provide in all areas. The other side, I was focused on what “I had to do” to stay in His grace, mercy and promises. That God is a loving God, but His love is just. (It wasn’t until later on, that I realized if God is always referenced as God, and not daddy, papa or father, then any type of real relationship is doomed). And so I steadfastly pursued this “journey” called dying of myself so to receive God’s promises.
When your podcasts were reintroduced to me late last year through my wife, my inner Spirit man finally had a voice to his nudging. And in what can only be called an amazing whirlwind of life, my once unseen shackles to religion, religiosity, and all things idol were cast off. I didn’t have to spend hours, days or weeks fasting or repenting to have this revelation. I didn’t have to tithe or abruptly alter my lifestyle. I didn’t have to be miserable or homeless. Simply open to a Life Lived Loved… and hence, I have used your mantra of a life lived loved or “L-Cubed”, for nearly every conversation I have had. It is a wondrous moment to behold when Father takes such a simple line and moves mountains in another right in front of you.
Why is it still amazing to us, when the simplest of messages become the most profound? There are no deep philosophical or theological debates needed. No perpetual diatribe on the whys and hows of God sending His Son to take care of my sinful self. And instead, is a LOVE, PEACE and POWER that only Father in heaven can manifest in and through His children.
What I have come to fully understand is that I can break completely away from the standards of measurement both Christians and the lost have come to rely so heavily upon and simply focus on a journey that has no specific outcome or finish line while I am in this body.
That consumes any need to be right or in control, especially with my wife. I recently shared with a group of men that the greatest assessment a husband can share is: “ My wife is growing in and with her Father —joyfully!” What is in place in me so that this can take place signifies a freedom in Christ.
I love the way God opens eyes and invites us further in. I hope his journey encourages your own. L-cubed: Life Live Loved! I like that.