Being Subject to the Back-to-Front Kingdom
by Lynette Woods
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God's modus operandi is usually the opposite of what we think. We tend to apply our earthly principles to heavenly matters and then wonder why things don't work out as we think they should! But God's Heavenly Kingdom operates on completely different principles to what we on earth are used to. If He gave us everything we thought we needed, even "spiritual" things like wisdom, love, joy etc, we would take them and think we owned them and deserved them. We would see those things as ours and would have no need to depend on God.
There is no greater gift we can give others than the gift of ourselves: our friendship, our love, our time, our thoughts, our lives... and it is exactly the same with God: He gives HIMSELF! Instead of giving us things, God gives us one huge Gift: Himself in His Son. It is easier for us to give gifts of things, than to simply be a gift to someone. Perhaps it would be easier for God to give us things than to BE Himself in us, but if He were to give us Love as a thing, we would think it was us that was loving; if He were to give us Wisdom as a thing, we would think that it was us who was wise...
It is when
I know emptiness, that I know Your fullness;
is when I trust like a little
child, that I am spiritually mature;
is when I am in
darkness, that I find Light;
It is when I know real Rest,
that I am working;
It is when I see how wrong
I am, that I discover how Right You are;
is when I have nothing,
that You become Everything;
Instead of giving me wisdom, You give Yourself as Wisdom
Instead of giving me love, You give Yourself as Love
Instead of giving me truths, You give Yourself as Truth
Instead of giving me peace, You give Yourself as Peace
Instead of giving me many things You give me One Thing: everything You are..."Don’t deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise in the ways of this world, you should give up that wisdom in order to become really wise. The wisdom of this world is nonsense in God’s sight. That’s why Scripture says, “God catches the wise in their cleverness.” Again Scripture says, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are pointless.” So don’t brag about people. Everything belongs to you... You belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God... What do you have that God hasn't given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift? You are partners with Christ Jesus because of God. Jesus has become our wisdom sent from God, our righteousness, our holiness, and our ransom from sin. Therefore, as the Scriptures say, "If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord." "My kindness is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak." So if Christ keeps giving me His power, I will gladly brag about how weak I am. Yes, I am glad to be weak or insulted or mistreated or to have troubles and sufferings, if it is for Christ. Because when I am weak, I am strong." (1 Cor. 3:18-23; 4:7; 2 Cor. 12:9,10; 1 Cor. 1:30,31).
have given up our wisdom for Christ.