Divine Nobodies by Pablo Giacopelli
By Pablo Giacopelli
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By Pablo Giacopelli
Have you ever wondered why the Father said over Jesus "This is my son in whom I am well pleased?"
As I consider these affirming words I also realize interestingly enough that up until then Jesus the man had not done anything whatsoever of significance according to the standards of the world. His life had been lived in complete obscurity serving alongside Joseph in the family's "handyman" business. No special awards had been awarded to Him. No position of significance had been attained and no resume could have been submitted. His was just a normal life of daily routine like the rest of us, yet God was still very well pleased with him.
It occurred to me the other day that this life giving endorsement had absolutely nothing to do with anything Jesus had done or not done in his first 30 years on earth. These words were clearly pointing to something deeper within Jesus the man which could not be seen with the naked eye, and probably the reason why so many missed who he really was, yet it was very much present in his life.
With this in mind please consider with me that perhaps the reason why so many of us keep trying so hard is because we have never taken the time to understand that God is saying exactly the same thing over us too, and like with Jesus, it has nothing to do with how brilliant and able we are or have managed to become but instead it is based in our being in Christ. If this was not so then how could a severely handicapped person for example be secured that God loves them? Or what about a blind and mute person who is unable to communicate with others? Or the refugee that is unable to do anything because he doesn't speak the language of their new home? I thank God today that He loves all of us the same and that belonging to His family is not something we have to work ourselves into through hard work – No exceptions. No conditions attached.
Remember – In the Kingdom affirmation is received not earned.
God says do not harden your hearts – I have been meditating about this for a little while now in the hope of being able to understand in a practical way what this might look like and how it impacts our lives when it happens. I began for some reason to think about muscles and how they work and are renewed. As I sat there I tensed the main muscle on my leg and kept it tense for a short while. As I did this I noticed that even though this was a voluntary movement it nevertheless rendered my muscle useless as in this state of tension nothing could enter nor exit from it. I also noticed that unless I relaxed it the muscle would cramp up and remain hard and in pain until treated.
"Man one thing is for sure and that is that this Christian walk is so hard," said a man on a plane I had the opportunity of speaking with in a recent trip. Unfortunately the reality is that for many of us our encounter with Jesus is nothing more than a mental illusion instead of the spiritual experience it was always meant to be. Even though we make a decision to follow him, and try really hard to do it, we do so from our minds and not our hearts. This is why so often Christianity is so hard and so many of us give up on it and God, as we believe that if practicing it is that hard then God must be equally hard to relate with.
I had the opportunity last week to speak to thousands of people in China where I spent twelve days sharing the message Dad has given to me. As I spoke to many people before and after each engagement I could not help but to sense that the majority struggled along in their spiritual journey. Please understand that what I am referring to here by "struggled" is not circumstantial as much as it is experimental. In other words it was not the hassles they experienced but the impact they had on them and how they felt. I sensed that somehow with each obstacle there was a lot more that was challenged in them and it had to do with their identity.