Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
by Erik Momsen
If you ever took the time to do what Adam was told to, you would see the struggle of nature. By the way, Adam's first task was to name the animals. Observe them deeply, understand them and then name them according to their character and behavior. He would not look at a Great White and call it Bob.
Nature struggles, lives, dies and lives again.
Humans would like life to be without struggle but this is just not true. The earth is unstable and we have an Enemy.
Struggles come in all forms from unemployment, love-lost, violence and death. The greatest pain is probably emotional and spiritual and this is exactly what makes us human. We guess that the goldfish does not experience the separation-anxiety that human children do.
The challenge is how to cope with the life-long struggle in a meaningful and even victorious way. Are we to struggle and die or is there a way to struggle and die and live again?
A GRAIN OF WHEAT MUST DIE
As Jesus approaches his death in Jerusalem a meeting takes place where He describes the highs and lows around the battle for the souls of humanity.
“There were some Greeks in town who had come up to worship at the Feast. They approached Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee: “Sir, we want to see Jesus. Can you help us?” Philip went and told Andrew. Andrew and Philip together told Jesus. Jesus answered, “Time’s up. The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. “Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal. “If any of you wants to serve me, then follow me. Then you’ll be where I am, ready to serve at a moment’s notice. The Father will honor and reward anyone who serves me. “Right now I am storm-tossed. And what am I going to say? ‘Father, get me out of this’? No, this is why I came in the first place. I’ll say, ‘Father, put your glory on display.’” (John 12:20-28 MSB)
Jesus is describing the tactics of the cosmic battle of life and everlasting. The visitation of the Greeks is a confirmation to Him that His mission is going global, rather cosmic. Isaiah is being confrimed.
However at this point of joy He knows that the battle is not all glory, is is also gory. The main point of this encounter is His direction on how to fight and live.
Have you ever prayed “I'm dying here Lord”? The answer from Heaven would be, “Good. There is a lot of dying to do so that new life can come”.
The way to win a Kingdom battle is not the same as the world. The way to win is to die. Jesus uses a seed to illustrate.
If a seed dies it bears more.
If a seed dies it changes into something greater.
If a seed dies it leaves the old behind.
If a seed dies it brings abundant new life.
I must confess that I have thought about death as an escape. “Lord I want to leave this earth and go to heaven”. This is a valid biblical response but not in the way I expect. If I die (emotionally and spiritual as a seed) then God is able to bring about His Heaven, His Kingdom in my life right now.
Dead to the world.
Dead to this life.
Dead to my old ideas.
Dead to my old way of fighting.
Dead to my need to control.
Dead so I can escape the old fears & pain.
A great step of faith is to lay down and die. When I realize that it is not up to me to win or lose. It is not up to me to build the church. It is not up to me to save people. It is not up to me to get people to behave properly. It is not up to me to protect people. It is not up to me to be the savior of the world.
When I die to me being the center of all issues then I let God be God – I grow some faith and see Him do what He does.
Jesus constantly says to the Father, “Not my way but yours be done”. He believes it and it works out pretty well.
Date Added: 2012-10-14
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