Retreat speaker, Dr. Pete Sulack, said more than one time: “We are not called to be Jesus Christ Incorporated.” In other words, it’s all Him, not Him joined in with our best laid out plans on our blueprint. He did not call us to form a corporation led by our whims and wishes. He endured the cross in order to give us a burning, fiery, intimate love relationship with Him.
When our so-called incorporating efforts are displayed, they exemplify a watered-down version of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Even worse, they may even be a wash-out. When He rules and reigns, he breaks off the purposes and plans of our hearts so that He can bring us into His.
“For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.” [Deuteronomy 4:24]. We must remember that human jealousy is when we are desirous of something that does not belong to us. In the case of God being jealous over us, it is because His children do belong to Him.
Healthy believers have a ravenous appetite for the Word of God, crave His lordship, and are desperate to be in His presence. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled” by the very One who understands our deprivation and drought. He has planned for our purpose and destiny, and He is the One in charge who calls and equips us to fulfill it.
Nothing is worth losing nearness to God. “Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly walked by human precept.” [Hosea 5:11] To put it in modern lingo, ‘the company folds.’
I get all of Him and He gets all of me. We must never assume that our meager attempts to put Him on our board of directors gains His approval. Anything that drifts away from His centrality is dangerously imbalanced.