October 01, 2008
The Christian life is the simplest, the gayest, the most regardless-of-consequences life, lived as it is taught by Jesus. The plan of our life comes through the haphazard moments, but behind it is the order of God.
--Oswald Chambers, Run Today's Race, January 10
What is the order of God? Is it a life where things are predetermined? Where every action, thought and decision is planned out and scripted—just waiting to be performed?
I don’t know.
But what I do know is that if I allow myself to get hung up on a depiction of God that doesn’t fit the form of the God that I want to believe in, I will miss the incredible message that Oswald Chambers endeavors to communicate in the above quote.
Life in God is a life of freedom. The form and order of the God of the universe is realized in the haphazard, minute by minute moments of life. God is not outside of, at the end of, or beyond the activities of daily life, but rather God is in the very midst of the seemingly random and insignificant moments of life. God’s order in life is realized in God’s very presence in life.
In John 17 Jesus prays to the Father, “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me.” (NIV)
A life of freedom is realized in a life that is bound tightly to God. Just as Jesus lived with, and in, and through the presence of the Father, so are we to live in Christ via the Holy Spirit. In John 3, Jesus likens the Holy Spirit to the “wind,” blowing freely and haphazardly wherever it pleases. It is at this place of freedom that simplicity, joy, hope and ultimately God, resides in our lives.
That’s a plan I can live with.