He Moved In! by Pablo Giacopelli
By Pablo Giacopelli
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By Pablo Giacopelli
There was once a ward in a hospital with extremely handicapped people in it. These people were sent there as they were unable to communicate or even function properly in society. They were the product of extreme mental trauma suffered at the hands of others either from childhood or in adulthood.
The hospital where the ward was located had tried everything they knew to help these people recover but not much progress was made over the years. The patients were mainly sedated most of the day and lived isolated and lonely lives. One day a new doctor was hired to lead the department. Unlike all the other leaders that had gone before him, he told the hospital that he would move into the ward permanently and he would live with the patients as just one more of them. The hospital at first felt this was odd and extreme however they cautiously agreed to it. The doctor moved in his things and started to do life with these people. At night he would often sit with them and just talk to them. He would cuddle them and hug them and would show them love like they had not seen in their lives. He offered them unconditionally what they could not even begin to earn.
After six months people that had not spoken in years began to speak. Others began to smile and others still began to recover from the trauma. Most of the patients eventually stopped their sedation and in time many of them returned to their normal lives as they were always meant to be.
He Became One of Us
Through Jesus, like this doctor, God moved physically into our reality with us as He became one of us. He willingly limited himself to the same limitations we have while at the same time He revealed to us what we could not earn within it which was unconditional love and grace. For Him it was so important that we understood who He really was that He decided to show up Himself and tell us all about it. He didn't use artificial medicine or a third party to heal us and show us the way as that had been reserved all along for His presence and tender hands.
So today no matter what is up in your journey, take some time to be still and receive from Him what nothing or no one can ever give us in this reality we all live in, no matter how hard we keep trying.
I was listening a short while ago at an Evangelist share the Gospel according to his perspective. He spoke for a while and towards the end of his time he started to share about this movie that God is going to show to everyone. He spoke how everyone would get to see all the bad things we did both in public and in private. I must admit that as I listened to him I felt a blanket of shame attempt to cover the whole of my being. So strong was the feeling that it made me shift my position on my seat. As I turned off the TV I began to contemplate what I had just heard. I began to recall how I once long ago subscribed to this very heavenly movie theatre experience and perspective. Yet today what I once vociferously supported, didn't quite sit the right way within me.
The tallest building in the world is 32604 inches high. It was built inch by inch. Carefully crafted together piece by piece. Now that it is finished we don't see it as inch by inch but instead we see it as the tallest building in the world, though what we really see is what happens when you put 32604 inches together one at a time. Have a look at snowflakes, which are one of the weakest things in nature. Yet if you put thousands of them together they are capable of stopping traffic and bringing a whole city to a stand still. These two things on their own are meaningless but string enough of them together and you can see the extraordinary take place.
The moment we think that something begins with us or our religious practice we need to understand that it is very likely that we have become involved within the space of a performance based religion and not a life giving grace based relationship with God. You see life begins in and within God. Forgiveness begins in and within God. Grace begins in and within God. Your true identity begins in and within God. . The Bible is clear about this when for example it tells us in 1 John 4:19 "We love because He first loved us." All good things come from God with no conditions attached. The Bible is clear about this. Take for example the birth of a child or better yet a time of great satisfaction given to a parent by a child.