Friday, February 4, 2011

February 4 – A Life-Changing Perspective

Many times in life, what we need is not more time or money, less responsibility or interruption . . . what need is a corrected perspective, a right and sensible way of seeing things . . . even God Himself!

Here’s one that will make a “monastic” man or woman out of each of us, if monastic means making the single choice to live the one life we’ve been given solely to the glory of God. “Monastic” is all about the monogram of life, the ONE THING, the “set apart” nature of living within the monopoly that God claims when He makes us His own. True monasticism is the single-ness of being alive and responsible before God, in touch with Him whether we are cloistered in a big family or a huge city or giant corporation. It is the privilege of living and doing all things as altogether unto Him, not hermit-ical but practical ... no one can live my life before God, but me.

We may fail to address that reality for the better part of our lives, but we know the truth of it. No one can live my life before God, but me. What’s more, I can live it locked into fellowship with Him, joyful, obedient, at peace and worshipful.

Here now is where we often fail to reach truth: it is for His pleasure that we are privileged to be mono-sapiens. We heard His voice in the Scripture we read yesterday . . .

“My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.” Song of Solomon 2:14 . . .

We’ve had this all wrong! Rightly understood, we do not build up our devotional lives, practice worship, set aside time in the very Presence of God, because we need to so much as because He loves and enjoys us. Incomprehensible, but a true perspective, nevertheless.

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