“Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another.” (Galatians 6:2–4, NASB95)
Yesterday (Tuesday the 24th of January 2012) was a nuZoe morning group meeting. I missed last week so was really looking forward to what God would do among us. I knew that last week the guys had talked about the first part of Matthew Chapter 7. This is the place where Jesus talks about not judging others while you have a “beam” in your eye. The place where Jesus says, “…first remove the log out of your own eye, then you will be able to see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” Jesus ends this section with a statement about pearls & pigs that the group had not yet discussed so I figured we would begin there yesterday and move on in to Matthew 7:7 where Jesus tells us to ask, seek, and knock…
Well, that is not what happened. We had a new comer among us for the second time. And he asked that we all share our testimony so that he would have a better idea of who each of us is. There were 8 of us at the table and I figured we would take about 30 minutes with this and get into our discussion of what Jesus said in the rest of Matthew 7.
Was I wrong!
Two hours later we were still listening to each other as men shared their souls. There were two guys at that table that I thought would get impatient with what was happening. They are pretty ‘in” to the bible study part of our gatherings – but they didn’t. They shared right along with the others. We had done all of this before. In fact we do it every time someone new shows up, just so we can all have an idea who everybody is.
This time the sharing was different. There was struggle on the table along with deep joy. There was pain on the table along with times of healing. There were unanswered prayers on the table along with those timeS when prayer had been answered. Each of us really opened up to each other. And I saw the wonder of God at work among us as I knew we were truly beginning to love each other as God intends.
We have been gathering for 15 weeks now and all along I have believed that God was calling each of the individuals to come and be part of what He was doing among us. In great hope I have believed Him that He is creating among us a community that brings Glory and Honor, and Praise to Him. But I have to tell you now that I am seeing Him do this right before my eyes.
He is doing it – it is not the fantastic teaching.
He is doing it – it is not our organizational ability.
He is doing it – it is not our depth of spiritual purity.
He is doing it – it is not our prayer lives.
He is doing it – it is not our Scripture knowledge.
He is doing it – it is not at all that any of us have any idea how to do it ourselves.
I come to you with a positive conclusion about what is happening among our little Tuesday morning gathering. God is working in and among us simply because He loves us beyond measure and He wants us to know Him and through knowing Him love each other as He loves us. Wow! and I say again Wow?
Remember I was planing on getting into Matthew 7:7 yesterday before God interrupted,
““Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. “Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? “Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:7–11, NASB95)
Do you see it? “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” Our Father in heaven was, during the course of the sharing and unburdening that was happening between us, giving us a living parable . He was opening a door into each of our souls and showing each of us that He had been through all the doors of all our hearts first.
He literally gave us of His good from His treasure in the time we spent with each other yesterday. As He did so we all caught a look at what He sees when He looks at us. Amazing! And He did it for us not because of anything we have done but instead because of whom He is.
Glory be to God!
“For those who are circumcised do not even keep the Law themselves, but they desire to have you circumcised so that they may boast in your flesh. But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:13–14, NASB95)