In Part 1 “He’s Not Here” we looked at how easy it is to forget what Jesus says, especially when we didn’t hear or want to hear it in the first place.
In Part 2 “Who Is That Masked Man?” we reviewed the conversation two men had with Jesus, bemoaning how Jesus was nowhere to be found, and how the first prerequisite for deeper revelation is that we actually want
In Part 3 “Half Seeing” we talked about the inadequacy of a one-touch salvation our need to have our eyes opened wider so that we can see clearer.
In Part 4 “Too Deep To Cross” we mused about an ankle deep, knee deep, or waist deep Christianity in contrast to reveling in the River of God too deep to fathom.
That there are deeper places in God that we’ve not explored is no shock. But I propose that we consist of deeper layers in ourselves into which we are challenged to live, and it’s the shallow Christian who goes about as though his/her surface is all there is.
Solomon had some idea about the treasure that exists in those deep layers: “The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters and the person of insight draws them out.” (Proverbs 20:5)
It takes “insight” to see into our inmost place, our deepest part. If we’re willing, the Spirit will give us that insight to see deeper inside ourselves and “draw out” the submerged treasures we contain.Consider this…Continue reading →
The story of Rahab’s rescue from the destruction of Jericho has been the basis for our discussion of how God prepares people for hearing the good news by installing a supernatural wonder in their hearts. Let’s turn our attention now to the “witnesses” commissioned to share that news with her.
I’m not saying that Joshua’s two scouts had any intention of making Canaanite converts that day. They were on a mission, but not necessarily one to win souls. Of course, it was no accident from heaven’s vantage point, but on their part their saving influence on Rahab appears to have been purely serendipitous.
My sense is that they were more surprised by Rahab’s pre-faith, than she was by their visit! It’s not like they were out “witnessing” or expecting to do any outreach on the trip. Joshua’s instructions were to “Go, look over the land,”* not go door to door with tracts inviting people to church. Yet, by God’s design, their reconnaissance operation morphed into a saving encounter with an openhearted prostitute. Continue reading →
“The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.”Proverbs 20:5
Since I turned about fifty I gave myself permission to think and act like a “mentor.” Helping a number of young spiritual leaders in the City (San Francisco) is one of my most exquisite joys these days. I’m not so sure that the joy is mutual, since one of my young protégés calls me his “tormentor.” I have no plan except the Spirit’s scheme for each one, no curriculum but the Bible, and no agenda save that together we would become the most avid followers of Jesus possible. I say “we,” because my relationship with each of these various spiritual firebrands is truly symbiotic. It nourishes me as much as it does them, and probably more.
I try to provide sturdy enough shoulders for them to stand on and see further than they would without me. When they get a leg up and peer into the distance, way beyond my line of sight, I ask them what they see from up there. Invariably each of them sees things I’ve never seen. Together we see beyond. Continue reading →