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.
So often in life we strive and are so consumed with figuring God out that our urgency and anxiety actually causes us to miss him. For example over the years I have spent many quiet times in the mornings doing anything and everything but being quiet. During these times my prayers have been noble and centered on the usual requests for things and ways in which I wanted God to show up and show me, yet all I heard was silence. For some years now I have chosen to spend more of my time silent. You see, remaining quiet has helped me to center myself and be present and most importantly aware of what he wants to do with and in me on any given moment. It has helped me to relax my perspective and shift my attention to begin to understand which is the language that God uses most of the time he speaks to us.
The Israelites left Egypt where they were slaves for several hundred years. As they came out to the desert God waited for them longing to woo them much the same way that a man woos a woman during courtship. Things unfortunately started to go South very quickly when the Israelites did what most of us normally do which is to put the face of Pharaoh (who/what we live to please) over the face of God. This action implants in us an erroneous view of God which means that we try to relate with him much the same way we did/do with the one who has wounded us the most. In their case, Pharaoh, with whom they knew no relationship was possible apart from one that revolved around hard labor. He gave them their marching orders and they performed them. As long as they did this all was well and they were allowed to survive.
Not long ago I sat listening to someone speak about their relationship with God and the way He involved himself in this persons life. As I sat there I saw the face of yet another individual light up when he began to explain to me how God paid him from time to time, in an amazing way, a visit in his life. Inevitably every time I hear something like this I am led to ask the person where was God all those other times when he was supposedly not visiting them in an amazing way? And believe me that while I understand what people mean I see this picture as being the same as someone saying that within their marriage the only time they are aware of their partner is when they are having sex with them.