What…What…To Know / To Do
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.
Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight—
That You may be found just when You speak,
And blameless when You judge.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,
And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. Psalm 51:2-6 NKJB
What does this sound like?
attention to discriminatory detail in your life
Sounds like someone who is well tuned to the environment in which they stand – no matter where or how often that environment changes – nothing gets past this person. The voice of the Shepherd is heard in the midst of total chaos. The Good Father is ever present, ever known, ever in charge.
What about this…
active engagement in the present
No “bench-warming” going on here. This person is alive, up-and-at-’em. Participating to the fullest in whatever is happening – once again, no matter what the activity is, this person is on board. The Good Father is leading the way so “death, where is your sting” holds real meaning. Fear what, the Holy Spirit is alive and interacting with this person.
Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” Luke 17:12-13 NKJB
Let’s kick it up a notch and see what we find…
a flexible open state of mind
Simply because the answer that sounded like “no” or “maybe” or “perhaps” does not mean the end result won’t be a yes, because with Jesus Christ the final answer is always yes as long as we are the good and faithful servant. Seeing the end from where we stand always produces a clear path and in order to achieve the end we must have a flexible open stat of mind.
So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. Luke 17:14 NKJB
an awareness of multiple emerging realities and the creation of new categories of meaning all the time – being transformed by the renewing of your mind, all the time
What we see right front of us may actually be what is directly behind us. As we breathe in the Word of God the Holy Spirit is in constant change, constantly teaching us new things and always loving us closer to God. As the Holy Spirit is impacting our heart, mind, body and spirit we begin to see things a new, we begin to see things in a different Light which opens our heart and mind to new realities in our walk with Christ. We should embrace these new realities. We should ask, at every opportunity, God, what do You want me to do? What do You want me know? When the Good Shepherd speaks, we should follow, immediately.
And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. [a foreigner] Luke 17:15-16 NKJB
a willingness to embrace failure and adjust with joy
The Good Shepherd, the King of kings, Jesus Christ goes before us. He leads and we should follow, as He only leads so that we may know victory. He only leads for His name’s sake. When something doesn’t go right does that mean it’s a failure or does it mean that something else is coming? When we embrace the fact that something else is coming – probably better – what we see as failure is nothing more than another step along the path. We should celebrate each step taken as another step with the Lord, Jesus Christ. We should be joyful as we are embraced by the Holy Spirit.
Either the Gospel is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of Him, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.