I have just written a post about Jesus and the life that He is. It boggles the mind that there is a Person who is life itself. This is entirely mad in the natural but conclusively real in the spiritual. ‘In Him all things hold together.’ How cool is it that the One in whom all that is finds its meaning and function is also our Lord, Elder Brother, King and a human being who rejoices with Father and Holy Spirit in the God called the Trinity? How wonderful that this heavenly family lives in us.
In my days of elementary Christianity, I believed that I needed to deal with every sin as I committed it. At times I was quite busy annulling the guilt I momentarily experienced from giving cheek to my Mum or using bad language when something went wrong. I felt I needed a clean slate so as not to miss out on heaven, should heaven decide to return at that moment in the clouds with every eye seeing Him- and seeing me as I did not want to be seen.
Today I still believe that Jesus deals with every sin. I do take individual sins to Him.
I’m no longer insecure or bothered about ‘missing out.’ I know that in Jesus I am ‘defined in,’ that I have access and fellowship with our Father entirely on Jesus account. I know that Jesus died on the cross and now lives for me and in me. I know that He does not count my life or my individual sins against me. I know that He is not tricky, mean or law-obsessed. And I rejoice in the understanding that He is not religious, but truly loving, human and for us.
But more important that all this, I know that God is not sin obsessed. That He is obsessed with loving me and mine and people I do not like. I know that He is passionately involved in loving us all and restoring us to the reality and spirit of Sonship. Francois Du Toit writes,
“Sin is not about things you do or don’t do - sin is missing out on Sonship!
“John 8:31 Jesus then said to those Jews who were believing in him, To take my word to its complete conclusion and then to abide in seamless union with its logic is to truly be my disciples.
(Jesus is not referring to some future “red-letter-edition Bible.” He is speaking about the Logos defining his “I am-ness” face to face with God before time was, then documented in prophetic language in ancient scripture and now unveiled in incarnate human form, as in a mirror)
8:32 In this abiding you will fully know the truth about yourself and knowing the truth will free you to be who you are!
8:33 They answered him, “We are the seed of Abraham; we have have never been anybody’s slaves! Why do you suggest that we are not free?” 8:34 Jesus answered and said, ”I say unto you with absolute certainty that everyone engaging in the distorted mindset of sin is a slave to it!” (Sin is not about things you do or don’t do - sin is missing out on Sonship!)
The sin-system is governed by the idea of justification by personal effort, performance and pretence; which is the typical fruit of the ‘I am-not-mindset’ which Peter refers to as the futile ways we inherited from our fathers. (1 Peter 1:18)
8:35 The difference between the slave and the son is that the slave only works there; for the son the father’s house is home!
8:36 With the freedom found in Sonship there is no pretence! (Free indeed! The word, ontoos, indeed is the opposite to what is pretended.)”
No pretence indeed. As sons rather than slaves we are free to be who we are. Our adventure is growing into the fullness of Christ and in so doing revealing who we really are as the sons and daughters of God. In Christ and as sons of our Father, the greatest witness we can be is simply to be ourselves. I found this somewhere in Rick Joyner’s writing and wrote it down. It reveals what happens when Christ, rather than our surroundings and preoccupations, is our life.
‘The first step to fulfilling your purpose is to be yourself. The whole world will try to fashion you into what it wants you to be, but true leaders resist this bondage and determine to make their world what they want it to be.’