Tuesday, December 23, 2008

What is known

I watched a film on Freemasons and their secrets last night. I am amazed at how often throughout history people have sought to create a self-perpetuating, secretive society. It’s apparently attractive to be part of an inner circle with rituals and symbols and liturgy from which others are excluded.

So many human organizations are clever counterfeits of what God has set up—a society apart (one definition of holy is “set apart”), serving God and mankind by caring for fellows in all aspects of life, physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, social. But why not go with the design for which we are made? Why not be satisfied to be part of a living Church, the body of Christ on earth and his hands extended?

It sometimes puzzles me why it is so difficult for us to humble ourselves enough to ask God what he wants, instead of trying to redesign life to please ourselves and make up life in our own image. And then I find myself putting myself in the driver’s seat rather than following what God requires and has revealed in scripture. It’s a constant struggle to balance an instinct to create with the desire to follow closely the voice of the Shepherd.

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*Instead, take the lowest place at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, "Friend, we have a better place for you!" Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. Luke 14:10–11 NEV

* I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he will hear us. And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:13-15 NIV

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