Way Over Our Heads

Here’s more from Robert Farrar Capon’s Kingdom, Grace and Judgment. Here is some thoughts he had about the Ascension:

Jesus discourages any speculation about why he is going or what plans he might have for coming back. The apostles are specifically told that times, seasons, and schedules of events are none of their business. Their relationship to the mystery of the kingdom is to be based not on their knowledge or performance, and certainly not on their guesswork about God’s plans; it is to be rooted only in trust in his promise. They are to believe only in the King. Everything else is out of their hands, beyond their ken, and both literally and parabolically, over their heads. (p. 41)

Isn’t that awesome? As believers, we do our most damage when we assume we’ve got it all figured out and lose the immediacy of Jesus leading us day by day in the Father’s life. The grand strategies are beyond us. God only shares with us the pieces we need to live this day in his life. And if we just keep following him with that freedom and simplicity we will, six months from now, two years from now or four decades from now, be exactly where he wants us to be doing exactly what he would have us do to most extend the reality of his life and kingdom.

It is such a freedom to not have to sort out things we were never meant to know or perhaps are even incapable of knowing. Some things Father has retained for himself, and it is simply enough for us to live in the security of his hands, instead of living in our false conclusions about the future.

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  1. Loraine April 8, 2005 at 6:59 pm

    Yes, it’s awesome! ‘As believers, we do our most damage when we assume we’ve got it all figured out and lose the immediacy of Jesus leading us day by day in the Father’s life.’

    I’ve been thinking about Terri Shiavo and what I want to say is that Jesus only gives me answers to things that immediately concern me; not other’s business or hypothetical questions. He has often pointed me to Peter’s question cocerning John, ‘What about him?’ and Jesus’ answer which I translate as, ‘Mind your own business’. I really get into trouble when I think I know what to do without checking with Jesus

  2. Loraine April 8, 2005 at 9:59 pm

    Yes, it’s awesome! ‘As believers, we do our most damage when we assume we’ve got it all figured out and lose the immediacy of Jesus leading us day by day in the Father’s life.’

    I’ve been thinking about Terri Shiavo and what I want to say is that Jesus only gives me answers to things that immediately concern me; not other’s business or hypothetical questions. He has often pointed me to Peter’s question cocerning John, ‘What about him?’ and Jesus’ answer which I translate as, ‘Mind your own business’. I really get into trouble when I think I know what to do without checking with Jesus

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