In the Bible, Ecclesiastes tells us there is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven. If you didn’t know it, there is a time to weep and there is a time to laugh; a time to tear down and also a time to build up. There is a time to mourn and a time to laugh, and through it all, if you choose to believe in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, He is there with us through every trial and every tribulation. Why? Because He has begun a great work in us all, and perseverance must finish its work so that we are mature and lacking in nothing.
In my own personal journey to find myself, I have often wondered why the Word became flesh, making its dwelling among us. Jesus, the Son of God, who is Spirit, wrapped Himself in a human suit, known as the incarnational union, and then adopted our human nature, called the hypostatic union, in order to give humanity access to the Christological union. In short, God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him will never die but have eternal life, for God didn’t bring His Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it through Him (John 3:16-17).
As I write this popular Scripture, I am reminded that God never tells humanity why He so loves the world…He just does. And, as the late Myles Monroe suggested, God never gives a reason, because where there is a reason there is an expectation. I discovered this to be true in my own personal relationship with Christ. He chased after me, upon seeing me in my weakened state of depression, as I struggled with my identity, my self-esteem and my dismal future when trying to cope with my divorce. How did I get here? I asked myself most days. And, with Christ, I was about to discover not only how, but also if my dry bones could rise again, free from what was holding them captive.
Jesus, the great Communicator, came to build a relationship, determined to share Himself with me as a teacher, preacher, prophet, evangelist and healer. But He also came to be my Friend; He provided a safe place for me to share the most intimate details of life with Him. He held me through His words, and through those He chose to come into my line of vision, providing a lifeline of hope.
I’d always felt pathetic, helpless, and found it difficult to receive. I was always the giver helping others, but to my surprise, when others wanted to give, I struggled with simply saying Yes to their generosity. What opened my tear-filled eyes was when a friend said to me: “Please allow God to bless you through me…” So, I dried my eyes, and finally became the recipient of God’s unconditional agapé love. To be courted by God is an experience I will never forget.
I worked tirelessly to conform to Christ’s likeness while, in my metamorphosis state, I began to think about how Christ was able to overcome the wiles of the adversary. One thing I noticed about the devil was, as the prince of lies, how committed he is to his cause of killing and destroying God’s people. I came upon the scene in the synoptic gospels, and I read about the clouds parting, and the Holy Spirit resting on Christ like a dove. My heart melted, as He was led (like so many of us) into the wilderness (Mark 1:9-11).
I have discovered, through Christ, how to navigate this fallen world, which is always at odds with anything divine. Not only are we to allow ourselves to be led, groomed, taught, moulded and convicted by God the Spirit, but in return, we can also impart what we’ve learned in our hardships to the millions of others broken and lost, just like we once were, when led solely by our sinful nature.
Prior to giving my heart to the Lord, I struggled with having to change my way of life for Him. I thought God would make me give up my love for things which I felt were unique to my personality: things like fashion, travel, theatre, orchestra and movies. Somehow I thought to serve God meant to become unrecognisable to myself, so I hesitated in coming to Him—for decades. However, I couldn’t have been further from the truth, because God has never asked me to give up on ME. But, what He has asked me to do is to take Him with me. So now my journey is never isolating my faith or excluding my beliefs as I sit in the orchestra, or write a play, or attend a movie premiere. No, now I write Christian plays, and talk about my faith if it should surface in conversation at the orchestra, or chat about my love for God and fashion—as my passion.
I believe God is everywhere, because the believer is everywhere doing what they love, but also taking God with them everywhere they go. You see, this is how God can end up on the basketball court, dunking the basket, or at the centre of a blitz attack on the football field. God can handle being on the university campus, in the pews, in the post office, and spending quality time with the elderly, because He has shown up with the One who bears His Name and who has vowed to do the will of the One who sent him or her — Christ. With the Word of God written on the tablets of a believer’s heart, God continues to serve and save the world through those who believe in the regenerative work of the Holy Spirit, because they are walking, living proof of the power of Christ’s substitutionary atonement on the Cross.
We must know that, after the Holy Spirit has rested on the believer like a dove, the future is simply a series of Dovetales – tales and testimonies of what one has learned, changed, and done for the Kingdom of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. The believer’s life continues the work of Christ, as we worship Him in spirit and in truth – not only within the four walls of the church, but also outside the four walls of the church. The Word of God is living and active, and the Word became flesh in order to dwell here on earth, actively. So, His words must spill over in our hearts with compassion, as the Church of Christ, helping, guiding, encouraging and inspiring others with our Dovetales, our ups and downs, our bitter and sweet moments, because it’s only Christ who can take what was meant for harm and turn it into good.
My friends, everyone has a story. It might begin with a question like Why? but, like Paul in the Bible, it can also end with: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have kept the faith.”
In Jesus’ mighty Name, Amen…