(Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer. I Samuel 9: 9)
“I’m trying to comprehend God’s plan and purpose about making us His sons and daughters, but it boggles my mind. I can’t seem to take it in.”
The Seer looked at me and told me the truth, even though he knew that it would sting. “It is because your heart, your spiritual core, is small and unable to contain at present what the Creator wants to do with you.”
“How do I make my heart bigger?”
“You cannot make it bigger. It is so typical of natural man, to think that it all depends on his actions. You can’t enlarge it to contain more of Him. Even though you sincerely desire to please God, you cannot just will it so. You cannot run the race according to your own specifications, win the prize, and then trade the prize for a bigger heart to receive more of Him. It doesn’t work that way. He is the One who draws you to Him. He shows mercy to whomsoever He desires to reveal Himself to. He is sovereign; we are not. He is the Potter; we are the clay. We have to remember that it is His ballgame, His rules, His ball park, and His ball.”
“I really do want to play,” I said.
“I know you do. He has led you here. He has placed a thirst for the truth in you. It is Him drawing you. He has His hands on you. But you must first meet Him in that special place.”
“Where is it?”
It Is Not a Church Building
“It is not in a building with colored glass windows depicting events that were written down thousands of years ago. That special place I speak of is not inside the walls of a physical building.”
“You are talking about churches.”
“Yes. The true church is not a building where people go twice a week to worship. Nor is the church those people necessarily. The church is His body, which is the temple of God. And this only occurs when humans have His Spirit inside them, leading them in their daily walk. The Holy Bible tells of this. It is a letter to us from our Father. Its thoughts are inspired by His Spirit. But without His Spirit breathing life into its words today, it is only black ink and white paper. Without God’s Spirit breathing truth afresh as to what it means, then it sits alone and mute, gathering dust in the houses of America and the world.
“Don’t get me wrong. It is God’s written word to us, and in those pages are spelled out how to get to where we need to go. But the world needs someone with God’s Spirit to bring it to life so that it can bring its light to others. It speaks of God’s glorious plan, but without a human picking it up and believing it, its greatest power rests in being a witness against those who do not study their copy of it.”
“The Bible tells us how to get to that special spiritual place.”
“Indeed. But our perspective must change. It is not a place that we go to, to meet Him. But rather, you become that special place. Or better put, the lack of you becomes that special place.”
The ‘Lack of You’
“Wait a minute. I don’t get it. What do you mean, ‘the lack of you becomes that special place'”?
The Seer became energized. He was conducting a symphony of knowledge that was now reaching a crescendo. “The ‘lack of you’ means that you must cease and desist. Your old life along with its vestiges must decrease to a point that ‘you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.’
“How does that work?”
“I told you before that it is His ballgame and His rules. And rule number one is ‘Obey His rules.’ He calls us while ‘we are yet in our sins.’ He commands us to repent of our sins. We can’t clean up our mess by ourselves, no matter how hard we try in our own strength. But He has provided a way. The Great God of heaven, that great Spirit that created all things, came down and walked with us here on earth for a few short years. He provided for us His own earthly body as a sacrifice that will cleanse us from sin, which is the breaking of the Ten Commandments.
“It is not just acknowledging that He died for us that cleanses us from all sin. No. That is not enough. We must rather die with Him. For ‘He was made to be sin for us’ . At the moment of Christ’s physical death, your old sinful heart and mine was placed upon Him, so that when He died, our sin died with Him. When He was buried, our old sinful heart was buried. And when He arose–this is the crux of our belief–when He arose from the dead, we, too, arise from the sinful dead, and become alive unto God .
“And as we grow spiritually in this truth, we begin to sense that it is no longer the original sinful human staring back at us in the mirror, but an entity quite changed. We begin to see that we are that special spiritual place where God will dwell. We become that special peaceful location–a place free from a demanding ego that tries to enslave other humans to worship its whims.
“At the end of this seemingly long spiritual growth cycle, we will have the distinct sensation that we are no longer in control or trying to be in control of everything around us. The monkey chatter drowning our ear will have quieted, and then, we become that special abode for God’s Spirit.” Kenneth Wayne Hancock
- 2 Cor. 5: 21
- Romans 6: 1-11