April 14 Esight, 2009

2 Corinthians 3:7-18

But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was, how will the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory? For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory. For indeed what had glory, in this case has no glory because of the glory that surpasses it. For, if that which fades away was with glory, much more that which remains is in glory.

Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away. But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty. Not legislation, but liberty. Ponder the following comment:

“The joy of the Lord in the companionship of His people is that they of their own free-will choose Him above all others” (E.J. Waggoner; Foreknowledge, p. 5).

God’s fulfillment in being with us throughout eternity is truly knowing that we were free, at liberty, could be anywhere else with no manipulation from Him, no coercion from Him, truly to know that we are free to be wherever we should choose and then that we freely choose to be with Him. I know this is quite different from the arm twisting most of Christianity puts potential converts or life-long members through. I believe with all my heart that our approach needs to be re-evaluated based on Love’s principles of action. Truly, God wants us with Him only if we want to be with Him. How fulfilling would it be for Him if we were there only because we were being forced to be? As a religion, Christianity has a long history of motivating decisions based on Fear of Hell or Hope of Heaven. But this approach smacks of manipulation. And it doesn’t work. Oh, it does increase our numbers, but it simply fills the ranks with those who are motivated to save their own skins. That’s not conversion, dear reader; that’s self-preservation. It fails to usher us into the dynamics of a relationship based on the love that God created us for. Even Jesus said, “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it . . .” (Luke 9:24).

Today, we must find something that exceeds, excels, our self-centered fear of loss or hope of reward. What is that something? I believe it’s the greatest true motivator in the universe. The greatest power to change lives from the inside out—Love.

Love wins at the deepest soul/heart level, where, given the option to be anywhere else in the Universe, you want to be, long to be, and where you want nothing more than to be with the One who loves you and the One you love in return. This, and only this, is Heaven.

Something to ponder,

I wish you God’s best this week.