Sharing the heart of God, our view of life and people changes dramatically. Being set free from old habits, we can change our former “automatic reaction mode” into the new seeing-as-God-sees and feeling-as-God-feels “unconditional compassion mode”.
“And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.” (Mk 1:40-42 KJV)
A miracle? Most certainly, yes.
If we approach Him who has got the whole universe in His hands, His compassion will always be stirred by our needs, and He will touch everyone who comes to Him, giving him what he needs to be healed and to be set free.
Recently I have been thinking about the odd thing that we normally believe it would be a great loss to lose our old self in order to live a life (for God) that we, perhaps, would not like to live at all. Oh, what a lie has been spread since the fall of mankind!!! A lie that is particularly suitable to prevent people from searching God because they think He robs them of everything they love.
In fact, as soon as our old self with its “Either I do what others want me to do so that they will love me or I rebel against it so that I can love myself” has died, the scales fall from our eyes and we burst out in surprise, “Hey!! I AM finally FREE to be ME!!!”
Eventually, there is no more indecisiveness; we always know intuitively when to say, “Yes” and when to say, “No”. And all at once we have no stress any more, but peace, and joy, and love. And ALL good things…
Being ONE with God means that His will has become our own will. That does NEVER mean He would ever urge us to do something we do not want. Instead, we are being made able to give others what we might have longed for beforehand, but now as we have received more than ever hoped for from God, we want nothing more than that everyone shares in this abundance of spiritual life and love from above (cf. John 10:10).
“And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” (Mt 10:38-39 KJV)
Dying to our old and kaput self which is not able to be happy for a long time until it is disappointed and sad again means that we find the life we always wanted to have. Of course, in a certain sense we knew before what we loved and what we didn’t, BUT what we did not know is that there is waaaay MORE to it. Indeed, there is a heavenly life we did NOT know before. And it is so much better than everything we might have experienced already that our old and past life is not worth mentioning any longer. As the apostle Paul so aptly realized,
“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.” (Phil 3:7-8 KJV)
I had several experiences of sharing heaven’s life on earth, but I only want to address one of them here.
Some years ago as I was ready with doing the housework, I stood in the kitchen and was looking out the window. It was late in the evening and I gazed into the distance, not thinking about anything in particular. The only thing I was aware of at that moment was a softly illuminated window of a staircase in the kitty-corner house across the street. Staring into space a bit longer, I suddenly felt that an invisible veil had opened for me. In a split second I saw and realized that “I AM, I was, and I always will be.” Period.
WOW! Indescribable joy…
No doubt, this is God’s life, the awareness of having been IN Him since the beginning of time (and even before!). That is a life our old Adam and Eve with their limitations regarding time and space cannot offer. Therefore our old self MUST die so that we may live in our NEW SELF – again. Though still in a frail and mortal body, our spirit shares in the resurrection life of Christ. Living like God on earth – who would have thought that such a thing exists?