Wednesday, August 29, 2012

May This Circle Be Unbroken

One of the things we need to question in our evangelical quest to “save as many souls as possible before all hell breaks loose" is, who, how and why.

But I keep going back to what Jesus said about himself and the Father. “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day." John 6:44

Well, that’s fine and dandy, except, what if the Father never calls this person?  What do we do then?  I suppose we tell them “Tough luck kid, I guess you’re going to be punished in hell for the next zillion years even though you didn’t have a chance to begin with!” (There is a Christian denomination that thinks this way)

That doesn’t seem to be fair, especially from a loving God and for such a short, miserable life this person had. And how would we ever know if God is calling them later or not?  Should we give up? Try to save them ourselves?  Wait on the Lord as some would say? (Waiting is not a bad idea by the way)

But we are still in panic mode trying our best and hope to God that all these otherwise nice people don’t go to hell.

What work we do! What love for these people we must have!  What commitment, zeal…and full of ourselves!  What a waste of time! And God seems to be doing absolutely nothing unless we act!  We say "We are doing the work for the Lord" as if the Lord asked us to do the work for him.

Seems foolish to me, considering how weak and broken I am.  So I am reminded of the foolishness of God which is still far wiser than mans wisdom. 1Cor. 1:25  Maybe we are missing something here.

Because there is another verse which seems to contradict the first one, where Jesus said, “No one can come unto the Father except through me" John 14:6

Stop the car! Pull over! Let’s pull the map out and read it again!  First, we can’t go to Jesus unless the Father draws us to him, and we cannot go to the Father except through Jesus, whom we cannot go to unless the Father, (which we cannot access without Jesus) draws us to Jesus!! What gives?


If the only way we can access the Father is through Jesus and the only way we can access Jesus is from the Fathers invitation, then we can only assume we are already in contact with both, Father and Son!  Or, we have no chance at either one!  How then, can we we resolve this circular puzzle? By the Holy Spirit that was sent by the Father through the Son!!  NOW we see the connection!   Because the Holy Spirit was sent to earth (and by default, to humanity) by Jesus on the day of Pentecost, we are complete in Jesus if you understand that the Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity as God, (Emanuel; God with us).  This was done already a long time ago!  There is nothing we can do!  If we try to save people thinking they have no access, then we are bypassing what Jesus AND the Father AND the Holy Spirit has done already!  We were not told that we can come to Jesus through evangelism, though by evangelism, we come into the knowledge of our existence in Christ. 

Either we are already in Jesus because of what he did, or there is absolutely no hope for humanity: saints and sinners!

Now what is the evangelist to do? Or have we misunderstood what we are to do?  We think we are called to save souls.  Well, to a limited understanding, yes, but for what, and for whom?  It isn’t a matter of saving people from, but for.  Isn’t our main priority to announce the Good News (Gospel) of God’s Kingdom which, if I’m not too far mistaken, Jesus is King of right now?  If Jesus is the King of a Kingdom, then we can only assume there are subjects (citizens) of that Kingdom. And Jesus’ Kingdom includes all of who the Father called unto Himself through Jesus. So the real question is, what are we “saving” them, or better yet, leading to them understanding, for

All we are called to do is to announce the Good News of this Kingdom and teach all nations to observe and learn their role in this Kingdom! To be disciples. And to help people see who Jesus is, who they are in Jesus, and to help them receive (not get) salvation with understanding (via Holy Spirit) and accept the “already done” into their daily lives.

John 4:35 "Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest."

Either we are going round and round trying to save people (just in case Jesus missed a few), or God has already resolved this circular puzzle.

May this circle be unbroken.

“Lord, please open our eyes to your Kingdom already at hand”