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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Divine Communications

Quaker Lake, North Carolina
When have you taken the credit for what was really God's work and you were merely his instrument? How do you practice giving credit where credit is due? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 972).

I suppose my wariness of the above question arises from use of the word “instrument.” To me this raises a red flag of danger. Somehow it seems profoundly unsafe to assume that I or anyone else is an “instrument of God.” Visuals of mass slayings in a movie theater by a self-proclaimed “instrument of God” come to mind. I much prefer “servant of God” or even “slave of Christ.” In short, the self-proclaimed “instrument of God” suggests an ego manic intent on power and control, while the servant of God humbly acknowledges that God (the Trinity) is in charge.

It is a sad state of affairs that now in some quarters one must be reluctant to acknowledge God's leadings. I suppose it is because of the present day loss of faith (and the worship instead of mammon). And while many give lip service to God, in their innermost hearts they don't believe. As I have written earlier, I had an experience in a movie theater that resulted in a perceptual shift, and since that time I have never in the least doubted God's existence, immanence, or preeminence. As Jesus was a bridge to eternity, I his slave, servant, and witness likewise serve as a bridge—as do all born again Christians. And I hasten to add, that our numbers are many and we constitute a common occurrence. Just today I visited with some of my extended family and the Holy Spirit was there even as my sister-in-Christ gave a beautiful prayer as we stood in a circle holding hands. I refuse to characterize the populated body of Christ as a paltry remnant—this suggest to me a prideful exclusivity which is anathema to the spirit of the Gospel.

I write this so that you may know if in my blog I speak of the leadings of the Trinity, you need not concern yourself with my mental stability.

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