I have seen the comment here to many times to count “what benefit does all this religious talk bring,” or some variation thereof. For the commentor none but for those of you who are going to magnify the Lord with me it shall be a great deal of importance.
A lot of attention is paid to my works by these foolish fruit inspectors. I want to use this idea of works viewed through a Biblical perspective to magnify your understanding. There are basically 3 Greek words used for works in the New Testament I will spell them in English phonetically since I’m not certain this blog is capable of Greek letters. (1) Is the work Ergon its cognates have entered our language as the root for energy. (2) Dunamis which entered into our language as the root for dynamite. (3) Praxis which is equal to acts or practice.
When my fruit inspectors talk of my acts in judgment they are really thinking of praxis. It is funny that God’s word uses this word in context much like they apply it but the attributes are severely misplaced. In Mt. 16:27 God judges MEN according to their practice. Nothing mentioned of men judging men but that’s just a minor detail. This is further explained in Mt. 25:31-46 lest you be confused by a small text. The most prevalent word used is dunamis to address the work of Christ. This is a holy dynamite power ordained for Christ to walk in. To us these works are revealed as miracles. We are not called to do works. We are to live by faith and that faith being the faith of Christ. This not of yourselves it is a gift of God. Study the works of Christ and you will see that God the Father uses these works to authenticate His Son and to bring revelation to man. If these are the parameters of Christ work what makes you think your prayers, imaginations, or works outside of them net any benefit. In practice my critics say I am a thief and a liar. Yet they fail to allow Christ to judge me. If they are judging me with the judgment of Christ why do they fail to see the work of Christ in my words and deeds? Is Christ’s judgment as feeble as a man’s?
Here is my perspective challenge for you. Are you using feeble human judgement concerning your involvement in Dorean? Could it be that Christ has already been ordained to do dunamis work through your life at this time in history to bring revelation of the Son? Oh yeah this is all about you and your idea of how Christ shows Himself to be your God. This is my imagination speaking here so I admit in advance that it falls far short of the actuallities of the true work of Christ.
Suppose my imagination is correct that God hates injustice. That He looks down upon the poor, weak, and needy. That He hears their petitions for mercy and justice. That He will act according to His will to address the issue. That He has (like the man born blind) ordained a work for His Son to do at this time, in this situation, that glorifies the Son and reveals the redemption plan. If this short sighted imagination can stretch just a little perhaps it can at least see the clouds which are the footstool of our God.
Perhaps then Scott and I created Dorean to enlist enough witnesses to the fraud that God could trust to be faithful with His Son’s glory. All of us called as saints given over to the glory of the Son being willing to make no claims upon our life except to bring honor to Christ are now firmly planted in the controversy. Now our petitions are a true report brought by the body of Christ to the Father. Suddenly and in an instant when ideal for the revealing of the Son and His redemptive plan God ordains a work, a work only God can do with His dunamis power. WE become like the 153 fish. They were schooled against their nature in shallow water at a time of day not to their liking, fattened and made large, all to be consumed in the work of the Son ordained to bring Him glory. Will you allow yourself to be given over fully, to be ensnared in this net called Dorean? Perhaps you were called for such a time as this. This is the one act or practice you can perform; will you give yourself over to God’s work? The fish had no choice but we do. If we choose right how much more will God glorify His Son through our life than these simple fish.
The world makes its plans to fix the problem in remedies contaminated by greed, fraud, and corruption. None of these methods are remotely equal to how God wants to redeem the situation. I am eagerly watching and praying with my eyes fixed on Christ as He agonizes out His plan of redemption. What will God have me do in His work. I stand already because with tears of blood I see Him concerned about deliverance. Do not fall into temptation but enduringly keep watch. Our Lord will act soon, that is His practice!