Character. When everything is going according to “plan”, we easily insulate our insecurities within layers of confidence and generosity. However, if the immortality of self-reliance collides with life’s fragility, then adversity unmasks our vulnerability to expose our true character. It’s possible to hide our character from others but not from God. God is the Great Eye that sees through the onion skin of our independence and into the heart of every intention that moves us. Hopefully we learn to always give thanks since God rains on both the just and unjust to see our motives and show the world the difference faith makes. From horrific tribulation to outstanding windfalls of fortune, God waits and sees the heart that turns heavenward or inward. Our investment in God starts when we cast away veils that hide our humility through repentance and demonstrate our need for redemption. Christianity is a communion of necessary but dependent parts aware that death is ultimately found in selfish autonomy. Love is not autonomous – nor is God. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit exists in the ultimate, eternal harmony extending an invitation to all. The faithful are summoned to respond differently by doing the will of the Father as mentored by the obedience we witnessed in Jesus. Christianity fails in the opiate of self-righteousness and piety by judging instead of forgiving the sinner. Only through the humility of serving others because of the dignified image of God they carry can fists become open hands that once again join and work as one. This re-uniting through non-judgmental conflict resolution proliferates as it breathes the oxygen of repentance and forgiveness allowing love to conquer and operate. We are not islands. We are mortally wounded components of an organism dragging itself towards its only cure. Our wound is our mortality and only Christ can offer the afflicted an exchange for His incorruptible life. Although many will reject, all will be offered the majesty of Jesus because God is both faithful and fair. The will of the Father is our dusty path to witness Calvary and see for ourselves the true intention of a crucified man and a loving God. Jesus can only recognize His servants by the will of His Father through the cross we carry. The warmth of Christ’s friendship and redemptive rays shine either on a lifetime of obedience or in the humble profession of a man’s dying gasp. Both the redeemed will gratefully arrive in eternity escaping the fire now roaring for the unredeemed. When finally breathing joy unspeakable and absorbed into the ultimate harmony of God, the chance to express our true gratitude will be found in the gifts of our purified intentions stored for us in Heaven.
God is real. God is Love. Run to Him.
What are the different forms of prosperity that may be an obstacle to God?