The Quest: Where It Begins
I spent the majority of my life hearing about God and how "great" He is from people who I, as a result, couldn't describe as credible or realistic - simply because God either seemed like an imaginative concept or a mystical being who was so aloof from physical existence. I see how I could’ve been so wrong in my past assertions now and here's why: God did and does express Himself through nature (Romans 1:20) and by ways that are undeniably unnatural or simply uncharacteristic of mankind; first in the Old Testament account of past events and men, through Jesus, and now through His universal church.
Let me explain.
God wants us to know that He is tangible. The historical, biblical text makes reference to a God, who created man to behold and to reflect this Same, and to partner with Him in all "being". Dear I say this, God thought it nothing to wrap His glory in fragile flesh all for the sake of men? Let us come away from, without disregarding, what we must have heard already concerning the gospel of salvation in that we were created, we fell short of glory, and that God in His wisdom and great love did what only He could to reconcile us to Himself.
Let us discuss WHY!
God is fully aware of mankind's constant quest to do/discover different things in attempts to obtain gratification and pleasures. (Ezekiel 14:3-4, Ephesians 5:5, Colossians 3:5, Philippians 3:19). After all, He designed man with the capacity for such. Moreover, He didn't determine for men to find true satisfaction in created things but in the uncreated God that He is. Our capacity is for His glory; it is what truly satisfies a man.
Simply put, we have been working tirelessly to quell our desires in doing what we think we need when really we will only end up always ‘in need’ because our desires are utterly misdirected. We were designed to worship. If we aren't worshipping God then we're worshipping flesh, and we will never truly be satisfied.
What is now critical to our understanding, is that satisfaction in God is not absolute. As we are satisfied in God, our capacity/appetite enlarges and thus, we seek after MORE! God is an inexhaustible experience of glory! Why then would a Christian live a dull, boring life? God's song is sung for an eternity long, and His worship never ends (Nehemiah 9:6, Revelation 7:11-12). The angels and the elders are constantly bowing low and praising Him in His sanctuary. Heaven is a constant chorus and atmosphere of praise, adoration and worship - I wonder what that must mean for us.
We, through the blood of Jesus, have been brought into the Holy of Holies, wherein lies the reality of a never ending escapade of love between the Father and His Son. We have been introduced to the holy Fellowship and pleasures forevermore in eternity (Psalms 16:11). Believe it – experiencing such begins here on earth! Jesus did say the devil had come to steal, kill and destroy but that He had come to give us life and life more abundantly! How can we further decode this? When you’ve tasted and have seen that the Lord is indeed good, your appetite no longer is for the things this world used to readily offer you. The attitudes and addictions you once dealt with fade away in Jesus’ name. Your flesh is starved of its desires and your spirit quickened and thus, the main course you look forward to becomes that of Glory.
God's glory is like a quest or a treasure hunt; where one clue leads to another and each clue is a new experience and chance for discovery. Sometimes we become obsessed with the destination/ product and miss the point of the journey/process. Don’t miss the point! God loves this. He says "call unto Me and I will show you great and mighty things which you do not know." He says "Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you."
God's glory is available to all through Jesus, but a man has to be desirous to see it. As a matter of fact, Jesus' great desire, revealed in His prayer (John 17) was that as He beheld the glory of His Father, so should we also. What does this mean? It means then that we can't expect to live a Christianity of repetitive behaviours and expressions and expect to discover God fully. It means, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, the things God has in store for them that love Him." and that "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make Our home with him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9, John 14:23). All of life appears as pointless if a man is not consumed by this reality and ‘breathes’ after it.
The truth of the Gospel is that, again, Jesus paid the price no man could. With this, we must understand that when we stand before God, there is total acceptance on account of Jesus’ righteousness and not our own. (2 Corinthians 5:21). There is no need to allow ourselves bondage in guilt or stir the pride to become as the wall standing between us and He who loves us. Through Jesus, you qualify; but you MUST abide! (John 15) “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us…”
God may I burn with passion to discover You! Fill me with fire! It is the same fire He should baptize us with causing us to want and go after Him, which shall cause us to yearn for change internally and in the spheres around us.
It takes a genuine exposure to the revelation of Jesus to bring the revelation of a man, to himself. Consider God’s method. God always throughout time had been seen to call men unto Himself, and divinely set them on a new course in ‘purpose’. One even might say His most preferred approach was to change a man’s name. Eg. Abram to Abraham; Jacob to Israel; Saul to Paul; and Simon to Peter. What has God changed your name to? God changes your name in encounter!
These men of old whom God would’ve called unto Himself might’ve been called to great things, yet you are called to do far greater! Moses had experiences with God where he, being God’s appointed, would have spoken to the Lord face to face even in the midst of the Tent of Meeting, as a friend would. (Exodus 33:11). Beyond Moses, John the Baptist was considered to be the greatest of men who was ever born of a woman (Matthew 11:11); still yet, Jesus determines that even “he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” He goes on however to assert that the requisite for taking the kingdom of heaven, is that he who takes, must take it by force.
The journey we have embarked upon to discovering God is what we ought to become obsessed with. We will, once we’ve started the right way. In correct exaction of the statement; the journey God had set us upon, is one that we will learn to cherish and endure for His sake. So easy have we seen it become for Christians in church to claim Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, do a lot and keep much noise for Him only to end up plateauing in their walk with the Lord.
Why is this?
It is having the real, tangible encounters with Jesus that will keep us going and growing in Him. If you have truly encountered Jesus, then you’ve experienced an invigorating propulsion into destiny.
Your journey begins now!