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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Being Certain in Uncertainties

1 John 3:1-2
 "SEE WHAT an incredible quality of love the Father has given us that we should be permitted to be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! The reason that the world does not know (recognize, acknowledge) us is that it does not know (recognize, acknowledge) Him. Beloved, we are even here and now God's children; it is not yet disclosed (made clear) what we shall be hereafter, but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall as God's children resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He really is" [AMP]. 
This resemblance to Christ is not something we earn as a goal where we set out today and tomorrow to make a $1000, do a job, or meet with a person. Being Christlike is not something we can grasp with our hands. Yet we can become God’s children by choice of will through faith. Even this, though, cannot become the goal of man as a means to avoid eternal death. Becoming a follower of Christ must be a choice of the soul (heart, mind, and spirit), a whisper of the being, to want something more than this world can give.   

We chart our days and say, “Today I will clean, work, and cook. Tomorrow I will do the same. In thirty years I will take my leisure and be taken care of by what I have saved as surety for my life.” We cannot be sure of that for which we plan and grasp. Things change in this fallen world on an hourly and daily basis. We cannot put our stock and faith in the world’s ways. We cannot be so precise in this living of the earthly, human life. Planning is commonsense, we say, to prepare for the next or the inevitable. Even the rich man made plans, but we still saw him in hell pleading with God to let Lazarus touch his lips with a cool drop of water (Luke 16:19-31)? Our commonsense cannot be what drives us. Commonsense is human, fallible, and changeable.  

We can be certain of one thing that is not commonsense. We can be sure of God - who He is and what His plans are. We can throw away our commonsense and rely on that which makes no sense and sounds impractical. We can be confident in God though we are uncertain in our human sense (commonsense). Is it impractical to be certain in our uncertainties? We do not have knowledge of what tomorrow will bring, but in our humanity, we presume to plan our tomorrows. God is certainty. As soon as we abandon ourselves to God, we have certainty. In our conviction about God, we recognize who has ultimate control. Our uncertain future has an excited anticipation of what God will do and where He will call us to join Him.   

People in our world and the world at large misunderstand the abandon we have, this faith we can have in an unseen God. They do not accept us and we should not be surprised by this. Did they not reject the Son, too? Jesus said since people rejected Him those who follow Him can expect to be rejected. Yet their gain as His followers is to be called the children of God. We followers of Jesus become heirs of salvation and the kingdom of heaven upon our step of faith towards what looks to be uncertain into the arms of our certain God. God is not an uncertainty; what God will do next is uncertain. This uncertainty is where the breathless anticipation exists.  

Will we abandon our plans and our fallible race for the future and grasp with our hearts and souls the certain God with a sure future even in the face of uncertain days? This is relationship to the Father. This is the faith of a child of which Jesus spoke in Matthew 18:3. If our certainty is just in ourselves, we become self-righteous, smug, and sarcastic. By being in a right relationship with God, we receive joy in uncertainty and certainty in the future.

Be joyful because God will break in to humanity and the world and
be excited about how He will do it.
Be thankful God calls you His child and you will resemble Him.
You can be absolutely certain He will come.

Remain faithful.