Thursday, February 19, 2009

Evaluating God's Performance - Part 3 (Yes, I know there were only supposed to be two parts.)

How do we overcome the world with Christ? How do we consistently trust Him, evaluating Him worthy of worship, worthy of praise, worthy of absolute obedience?

Ignoring the world is not an option. The world is bad and getting worse. Surrendering to despair is not an option. Adopting a positive attitude, that everything will work out, is also not Scriptural. A positive attitude, in and of itself, is not Biblical. Jesus was not positive about the Pharisees. He called them white-washed tombs. He was not positive about the Jewish people. He wept at their disobedience and pronounced a prophetic curse over them that they would not see Him again until they repented and worshiped Him as Messiah. Woe to Chorazin, woe to Bethsaida, and woe to Capernaum were not positive affirmations of their inherent goodness. He was not altogether positive about people in general. Remember, "broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. . . and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." (Matt. 7:13-14)

He was, however, absolutely convinced that His Father would triumph and that He would triumph. I know He was the Son of God, but how did He stay there? He faced the hard facts about the fallenness of man. He faced the hypocrisy of religious leaders. He faced the grim prospect of the cross. And, He faced it all filled with the Holy Spirit and with joy. How did He do that?

No one on this planet has ever been more aware of the fallenness of man and creation than He was. His abode had been Heaven, spotless, perfect, immaculate, filled with the Glory and Praise of God. Then He walked here. If He had not been convinced in the performance of His Father, surely He would have been overcome at His first breath.

He filled His heart and mind with God, God's Word, and with fellowship with His Father. He did not begin His day with an hour of Fox And Friends. I cannot help but think that He filled His early hours with His Father. He regularly, consistently, and constantly sought out His Father. Hide from the world and you hide from your purpose for being here. Hide in Christ, abide in Him, fill your mind with the Word that inspires confidence and faith in the Father, and you will overcome.