Part 5: LISTEN TO GOD FROM THE POINT OF VIEW THAT YOU HAVE BEEN MADE MYSTERIOUSLY COMPLEX!
The complexity of the way God made major Biblical characters should awaken us to discover the same reality about ourselves. David, the shepherd boy, had a ‘king-warrior’ inside of him. But he also was an amazing musician and song writer. Could there be more to you than you’ve discovered so far? Yes, yes, yes!
No one is a two-dimensional version of a human being. Why? Because our God is not a two-dimensional God! Dig deeply into and study the following phrases that David wrote about himself in Psalms 139:14 NKJV:
. . . I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works . . . My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth . . . in Your book, they all were written, when as yet there were none of them.
These truths are true for all of us. Consider other Bible heroes. None of them started out knowing the complexity that God had hidden for them to discover.
Listening is a way of discovering who we really are from God’s point of view.
Study the heroes of the New Testament and notice the variety of skillsets they developed. The Apostle Paul became an author and powerful intercessor for the first century Church. But he didn’t start out that way. Yes, he had an amazing confrontation with God, but Paul had to learn who Paul really was. He learned to hear God! He became who he was meant to be. So can we.
Paul’s learning curve brought him a major download of revelation knowledge. Obviously, Paul learned to listen intently to the Holy Spirit. God created him to connect the writings from the old covenant times with the revelations he was receiving concerning the reality of Christ in believers. But Paul had to live tuned in. Listening is a key for us as well. Listening from God’s point of view connects the dots in the mystery of who we really are. It’s an on-going process.
Paul was also a traveler, not just geographically, but intellectually and spiritually. His natural curiosity became more and more a spiritual curiosity. Listening to God, he became aware of both his own complexity and the mysteriously complex God he served. So can we.
There is always more of God to explore. When we do, my experience is, that we consequently discover more of ‘us’! Listening intentionally deepens our intimacy and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. Then His Word and Power begins to work mightily in us. We come to live daily in that famous verse in Ephesians.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory . . .throughout all generations . . . Amen.Ephesians 3:20 NIV
Listening from God’s point of view will expand your intimacy with Jesus.