October 10, 2013

Thoughts from Mark

As much as we desire to master spiritual principles, until there is some natural mastery, we will sabotage our best spiritual efforts.

Hebrew thought was convinced that there was no dividing line, no gulf between spirit and natural.  What happened in one had a definitive impact on the other. When they prayed to the Lord, He would answer in their natural life.  When they gave to the priests or their neighbor, the Lord would provide for their every need.

So also it is written, “The first MAN, Adam, BECAME A LIVING SOUL.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual.  (I Cor. 15:45-46)

It is a biblical pattern to naturally practice spiritual life.  This is not a strange twist on words, but a needed reality in the child of God.  The example of Adam and Christ is the pattern. What Adam attempted to do, Christ became.  This pattern is all over scripture.  What Moses did, Jesus became (Hebrews 3).  The tabernacles of Moses and David – a type and shadow of spirit life.  The entire old testament was a natural picture of a desired spiritual reality.

A season of hyper-faith and super-spirituality created a chasm between believers and society.  A seeker-sensitive response ensued where the church tried hard to show the world, “See, we’re just like you. We’re going to make this God-thing easy for you to accept.”  Neither is advancing the kingdom.

What is needed is for children of God to simply BE children of God.  No acting like someone you’re not.  No trying hard to fit in to win someone.  The genuine YOU resulting from an authentic, intimate relationship with your Father is naturally magnetic and spiritually powerful.

Wisdom is not complex.  Doing small things right prepares us for big things.  He who is faithful with little will be faithful with much.   The small and the little are the natural things.  When done well, we see the spiritual impact.  That spiritual response empowers the natural life in a beautiful, cyclical pattern.

What the world needs to see is a people who “get it”.  I’ve discovered you don’t have to have it all figured out to be effective and you don’t have to act like you don’t in order to reach people.  Being REAL is spiritual.  Having a natural life that shines is a testament to a spiritual life that probably does too.

To shine does not necessarily mean to be rich, healthy and successful.  It means your way connects with people.  While with you, something clicks in others and they think “Now that’s the way life was always supposed to be”.  Your thoughts can be the thoughts of God and your life still magnetize people.  One is not mutually exclusive of the other.

Somewhere along the line we have equated spirituality with not making sense in the natural.  Jesus was the son of God and still paid taxes.  He just did so supernaturally.  Jesus was the bread of heaven, lived by every word that came from His Father yet still ate with His disciples.  It is truly spiritual to be fully natural.  In fact, I believe it’s the truest form of being human.

Common sense is as spiritual as prophecy.  Creating a good credit score is as spiritual as increasing your giving.  Improving your physical health can be as valid as a greater prayer life.  Loving your fellow man is as important as loving God.

In any of the above examples, one has infinitely greater validity when paired with the other.  The natural and the spiritual were designed by the Creator to live in a beautiful and balanced harmony.  Favoring one or the other upsets the delicate balance in which He created them to exist.

The natural, then the spiritual means who we are, what we do, how we live in this world matters.  It is our platform for everything spiritual.

Connect to people naturally.  Then, blow their world wide open with who you are spiritually.

You are the gate of heaven.

In love,