Thursday, January 10, 2008

The High Calling

So 2008 was off to a great start: I was actually doing the things I'd set out to do and then, wham...stomach flu. It's amazing how something like being sick can just suck the life out of you; especially when working to make a fresh start on a new year. Needless to say, I am left with two choices; 1) give up until Jan 1, 2009 when I can start again or 2) start again now. The jury's out on which of these things will happen, but I'm pushing for #2. :-)

I spent a few minutes the other day reading through my moleskin journal and came across this quote I wrote down awhile ago; "Your entire life should be characterized by an eagerness to maintain unbroken fellowship and oneness with God." Oswald Sanders

This quote must have struck me when I wrote it down, and it has struck me again for a number of reasons; 1) In a nutshell, it's what I want, 2) It's a simple goal (but hard to achieve), 3) it speaks to the heart of something that I (and you) am dying for...a relationship with God that is 'unbroken.' I want to know Him...I mean really KNOW HIM, and perhaps even beyond that, I want to be "known" by Him. During Christmas as I spent a lot of time reading through the Christmas accounts, I was constantly struck by the phrase the angel greeted Mary with; "Greetings, you who are highly favored. The Lord is with you. (Luke 1:28)."

There are a lot of power-packed verses in the Bible, words that will stop us, change us, passages like John 3:16 that contain within them the mysteries of the world. These words, in my book, rank right up there. Can you imagine Mary, having an angel of God visit her and hail her as "you who are highly favored" and then tell her "the Lord is with you." Wow. That would be the ultimate...to have your name be known in heaven.

Now certainly, at one level, we are all known by God. He created us and certainly knows each one of us (John 10) but on another level, it's not every day that a messenger of God visits a human and calls us "highly favored." I'm pushing though, this year, to be "known" by God and to "know" Him. This year I strive to maintain that unbroken fellowship with Him, to learn to hear and follow His voice above the noise of the world.

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