Jul. 28, 2019

What Could He Possibly See In Me?

The following quotation is from the writings of T. Austin-Sparks, in regard to Jesus' original 12 disciples, seemed inspiring and worth unpacking: 

"The Lord Jesus was not dealing with an easy company, but a company which might often have provoked despair. But one thing was characteristic of Him in relation to a difficult handful, and that was His faith FOR (caps my emphasis) them. What faith the Lord Jesus had FOR those men! It was not that He had faith IN them, neither was it that He had faith for them because of what He saw in them; but He had INFINITE FAITH IN THE FATHER FOR THEM. His attitude was: Well, nothing is impossible with God.” (From T. Austin-Sparks: Filled Unto All the Fullness of God - Chapter 10) 

We may see ourselves according to the natural view, as less than lustrous - all our shady past, our shortcomings, our inabilities, even the sin we may struggle with. We see according to our impossibility, instead of from a God’s eye view of His possibility. 

HIS vision for us - that of being fully conformed to the likeness of Christ - is HIS view, HIS FAITH FOR US! He looks and sees the finished product, and His Spirit is always about the Father's business of bringing this about, through thick, thin, tragedy, trauma, triumph, becalmed, rough seas, ship wreck or riding the crest! 

And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers.” (Romans 8:27-29. Berean Study Bible.)

This reminded me of a line from one of my old favorite songs which we used to sing in a prayer group where I served as a worship musician years ago: "The dream I have today, my Lord, is only a shadow of Your dreams for me."  (Only A Shadow, by Carey Landry)

Lord, please grant us new eyes to see Your dream, Your vision, Your faith for us. Nothing short of that. Let no earthly or temporal passion dim this view, but let us perceive the redeemed, restored, and resurrected version You created and recreated us to be - through Your passion, Your resurrection, and even now in Your intercession before our Father's throne!

"Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; but he who keeps the law [of God, which includes that of man]—blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he. A servant will not be corrected by words alone; for though he understands, he will not answer [the master who mistreats him].” (Proverbs 29:18,19 / Amplified Bible, Classic Edition / AMPC)

In other words, this "vision" / "dream" / "redemptive revelation" comes about by way of the FAITH OF CHRIST - seeing the redemptive plan He intends to fulfill in us. That is what faith is, a “seeing” of the substance of things hope for! (See Hebrews 11:1)

Who are You, Lord Jesus, and who am I to You? What could You possibly see in me? I need to see; I need to know! 

This does not come by way of words or even by understanding the right words (although that does not discount them!), but by the vision of the redemptive revelation of God. This is the perspective that entirely changes the picture!

Jesus invites us to ask and keep on asking, the seek and keep seeking, to knock and keep on knocking! (Refer to Luke 11:5-11 or its parallel Matthew 7:7-12.)

“Behold what manner of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God. And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. Beloved, we are now children of God, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when Christ appears, we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is.” (1 John 3:1,2. Berean Study Bible.)

Holy Spirit, please grant this view to all of us Your children who are in Christ Jesus. May we be filled with unrelenting persistence to ask, seek, and knock - until we see and rejoice in the daring dream You have for us in Him in Whom we live, move, and have our being. Amen.