Growth is the enemy to equilibrium. Clothes, school, friends, puberty, education, and much more all conspire to continually move the borders and expand the territory of one’s earth life. This growth is filled with trauma (e.g., first time walking, going to kindergarten without Mom, first time riding a bike, meeting bullies with no adult present, math problems, and on it goes). What is true for a child is true of all earth life. It changes, expands, and is characterized by the new and the unexpected. Every living thing is either growing (which, as noted, is constant change and challenge) or dying. There is no “neutral” living thing. Neither does one ever completely escape the attempt to negotiate a truce with change and let it cease. From hence comes the occasional desire of every living man and woman to return to the mindless safety and dependability of the womb. However, final success in preventing change occurs only as the lid slowly closes on the casket and the click of the latch somberly echoes into the void.
The system that has been created to carry the revelation is forced to increase its resistance to change and ultimately becomes thought of as important as the vision itself. The vehicle is elevated to the status of the product being transported. When the product being transported is divine (i.e., the gospel), then this elevation of the vehicle to the status of the sacred becomes a strange, modern form of idolatry.
Although it is never admitted, the system becomes more important than the vision.
Organizations and their managers seek desperately to avoid the excruciating process of releasing the outworn.
Thus, ironically, the tendency is to fend off change.
Never underestimate the lengths to which “clingers” will resort in order to protect their world. Resistance to change is fierce, and can include murder, whether physically or in more refined forms such as slander. (Dr. N J Wilson, Selected Readings 2009)
In other words, to maintain and sustain life, one must be committed to transformations that please God. He loves us the way we are, but He loves us too much to let us stay that way! Such change brings about a most exciting and powerful capability to influence others for their own transformation. It’s a beautiful chain-reaction.
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” – Proverbs 11:30
Where does wisdom come from? The fear of the Lord is the beginning, the genesis, of wisdom. This “fear” means that one must become sensitized to the horror of life away from God—outside God’s pleasure—at any distance from God.
What does it mean to be “away” from God? It eventually means death. DEATH! The theological definition for death is separation.
On the other hand, to be physically alive is to be on God’s planet and in God’s presence, at some proximity. “…If perhaps people may feel after God for he is not far from every one of us,” Paul told the paganistic philosophers in Athens in Acts 17:27. He is not very far from anyone; even the most evil sinner in the remotest reaches of darkness on the planet!
The good news is that the gap, once acknowledged, has the privileged benefit of being eliminated. Where there is no fear of God (based upon a disbelief that He or the gap doesn’t exist) there is no perceived need nor desire to know Him.
We were all born with a massive gap between us and God. We need God! We need to close the gap! How? By gaining the most basic knowledge of Him. His ways are not past finding out! He can be known! (See Phil 3:10, Heb 10:30, and 1 John 2:3). Know God, know peace! To begin to know Him is to become open to revelation. (Big word, but very uncomplicated meaning: It means “I see!”)
The entire Bible is God’s open revelation of Himself to all of mankind.
The main purpose of the Bible is to close the gap between people and God, ultimately endowing people with God (see Acts 2:38). This is the purpose of CAC, its pastor and leadership. We remain committed to the powerful, life-changing truth of James 4:8:
“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded” NIV).
Today is your day, if you haven’t yet closed the gap and experienced the change of New Life by knowing the true peace of God! Let me know if I can help you. Also, you’re welcome to find a guest-friendly person at http://www.cacdenver.org who will be happy to further guide you into this amazing change. Know God, know peace!