Day 20: Moving from Horizontal to Vertical
Dear His Beloved,
Do you want this? Do you really want it? Do you want to know what it feels like to become the Beloved? Do you want to hear His voice? Do you long to walk with a holy hunger? Do you want others to notice Him on you?
I'll tell you a secret.....If you truly want this, you will have to shift from a horizontal lens to a vertical one. Our culture make this shift almost impossible. It is far to easy to be entangled in what the crowd says and does. It is far to easy to seek approval and affirmation. It is tempting to belong and be comfortable.
This however is not the way of Jesus.
He says, "Narrow is the path that leads to LIFE and few find it! "(Matthew 7:13-14)
Because we have a church now, I get to live what I have read about church families. I get to see the struggle that is real for those seeking to move people closer to Jesus. The battle is a horizontal one. We lose people because someone took their seat or someone didn't say "hello" or someone they don't like comes to the church now. One doesn't like the version Bible that we read from or the music is too loud or the people worship different or a friend got upset so they follow suit. It is always a little thing that keeps people from seeking the Greatest Thing. What is so amazing to me is that most of these people have already seen a powerful move of God, yet a little spirit of offense or a desire to "belong" removes them from a source of true LIFE!
Friends, if we are more worried about whether we are greeted, or sitting in a certain seat, or if only certain people are there, it is about US and not HIM. If we can allow someone's opinion move us from what God has already done in our lives it is about THEM and not Him. If you are 40 years old and your parents don't approve how you are seeking and it deters your path you are worried about them not HIM. If your "friends" would think you have lost your ever loving mind, so you shrink back it is about them not Him. If you are waiting for "him" to come along, so your life can be complete and THEN you can start seeking Him it is about him not Him!
There has to come a point when we lay people's affirmation and confirmation aside and walk out what we speak.....I am a follower of Jesus therefore I look up not out! And if what is OUT (Vertical) is interfering with what is up (Horizontal) then it has to GO!
You may think I am being a little harsh today, but I am reminded of the man that met Jesus in Luke 9:
As they were going along the road, someone said to Him, “I will follow You wherever You go.” 58And Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” 59And He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” 60But He said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.” 61Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.” 62But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
I think Jesus was making a point here that He desires for our first priority to come from Vertical direction. It seems harsh to read these words, but the truth is that even our families come next to Jesus.
The enemy is the master of distraction and he will seek to keep you focused out on things that are insignificant so that you miss what begins to happen organically OUT when you live looking UP!
Today, we move to our feet and ask for a lens change. Father take this desire to be like the world off of me. Give me a new spirit. Give me the spirit of Joshua and Caleb who sought you whole heartedly and thus entered the promise land. I seek to live from everything you have for me!!! I long to hear your voice call me Your Beloved and I receive that today! In the name of Yahweh!
You can love your life, but to find a lifeyou love you must be willing to lose the life that is comfortable.
Love Your Life,