“Joy is the serious business of Heaven” C. S. Lewis
In “Sonship, a journey into Father’s heart” book, James Jordan writes: “Christianity is not a path to competency but a path to childlikeness. The more childlike we become, the closer we are to Him. And the closer we are, the more childlike we become.”
Children know how to enjoy life. They are not bothered by the fear of doing things correctly and not living right. In many ways the Christianity we have known adds lists of rights and wrongs, what’s acceptable for ‘Christians’ and what is not. Children just get on with being themselves and enjoying life.
If you’re not enjoying your Christian life, then you’re probably not walking with God (Psalm 16v11). Stop and seriously look at your life. If you’re not enjoying your life, then something is drastically wrong.
In 2019 let us enjoy being childlike as we walk in the love of our Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
The scandal of the Incarnation is that God inhabits imperfection!!
A provoking thought from Stephen Hill:
“We must believe that God is happy to indwell sinners. Mary became pregnant with the Fullness of the Godhead. This is a scandal and an offence to the religious mind!
The Catholic doctrine of the Immaculate Conception was ‘invented’ to get around this scandal. For those who don’t know, the Immaculate Conception is NOT about the conception of Jesus: it is about the conception of Mary.
The question was asked: How can Mary conceive and carry Jesus if she is a sinner too? That was offensive so the Church at the time had to find a way around that. This is what they did. Establish a new idea that Mary was born without sin.
Do you believe in the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the mother of Jesus? That is up to you: I am not here to argue with you.
If your answer is this, however: “No, I do not believe that the Virgin Mary was sinless” then you MUST accept by faith that God is pleased to unite with a sinful person.
How about you then? Can you become spiritually pregnant with Christ? What disqualifies you? It cannot be your own weakness and brokenness or the fact that you sin!
The scandal of the Incarnation is that God inhabits imperfection!!”
“Jesus did not come into the world just to die on the cross and deal with sin – he came into the world because his Father values you so much that he himself took steps to ensure sin would no longer be a barrier between you and his love.
When we ask the reason for the season I would say “You are the reason for the season” because God loves you so much he withheld nothing in order that you would be the recipient of his amazing love.”