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Sharing in God

In Uncategorized on October 12, 2009 at 9:46 pm

God is the best “thing” there is. He is good. He loves perfectly, has good plans for us, and protects us. He had a plan to save us, a plan that we can rejoice in now. We only know how good it is because God shows us. We can’t find good on our own. It isn’t native to us anymore. Good is only native to God.

Before Adam and Eve sinned, they only knew good. Afterward, things got mixed up. They diverged more and more from God’s path and by Noah’s time, were having thoughts that were only evil all the time.

I’ve found the same to be true in my life. After becoming a Christian, I started to see that certain patterns in my thinking were just not true. The experiences that had caused those patterns were true in a way: they had happened. But the thought patterns, beliefs and expecations that resulted were grounded in this world, and in the belief that my life was ruled by the rules here. After becoming a Christian I found there was another rulership in place: God’s.

I’ve begun to think of God’s rulership as something like a parallel universe. It’s right next to ours, but has an entirely different set of rules. The ruler of it has an entirely different set of values than those that are normal here. In a way, he’s not concerned with the values we have. He’s not affected by them; they don’t change his way of thinking or behaving. He’s just going about his business.

But he’s also the ruler of our world, and he’s transforming it little by little to be like his. Usually we don’t know it’s happening.

But sometimes we do, and we get to participate in it.

God wants to bring us into a sharing in his goodness. He wants us to see, and enjoy and experience what he enjoys and experiences. When Elizabeth greets Mary, who’s just come to visit her, the moment becomes bigger than itself. God comes in his his hugeness and let’s Elizabeth share in the joy that’s appropriate in the presence of his son and the savior of the world. Elizabeth gets to share in what God’s doing. Then the flame jumps to Mary and she prophesies and praises God; she knows more about who she is, and knows more of God. They’re swept up into something in that parallel universe: rejoicing in the goodness of God and his truth. It’s like the Holy Spirit has piped some of the air from the parallel world into them.

We get to share in what God’s doing, and in who he is.

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