I am a free-lance singer and writer trying to practice "saying what I mean, meaning what I say, and not saying it mean." My goal on this blog is to provoke conversations in which we can be real in sharing with one another -- free to express our points of view, even when we differ. Just today, I posted MY CYBER LINKS under that label (see adjacent list). I am available, and I love it when we get to encourage one another!
Monday, January 19, 2015
You died to this life, and your real life
is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3 NLT).
It is a tremendous thing to live in this
dispensation when the Lord, though having acquired the rights of the universe,
of the whole creation, by His Cross, is specifically concentrated upon the
treasure now, to get it out of the creation. "The kingdom of heaven (it
should be in the plural, the kingdom of the heavens) is like unto a treasure
hidden in the field; which a man found, and hid...." The Lord is doing a
secret work in relation to the Church. It is always a dangerous thing to bring
what we conceive to be the Church out into a conspicuous place, and make a
public thing of it. The real Church is a secret, hidden company, and a hidden
and secret work is going on in it. That is its safety. When you and I launch
out into great public movements, displaying and advertising, we expose the work
of God, and open it to infinite perils. Our safety is in keeping where God has
put us, in the hidden, secret place with Himself....
All the way through this life we have to learn
the change from what is, after all, ourselves in relation to God, to what is
God Himself in us. There is a great deal that is of ourselves in relation to
God, and I expect there will be in some measure right to the end. There is
still something of our minds at work on God's things. We may be thinking that
they are God's thoughts, God's mentality, but there is still much that is of
our human mind, the mental make-up of ourselves in relation to the things of
God, and we shall always find that God's mind is other than that, and we have
to give place to new conceptions of the Lord.