Previously on The Journey into Growth…
In Part 5: Where is Jesus? we learned that Jesus, far from being “up there” (in heaven) while we’re “down here” with the rest of fallen humanity, is actually right here with us, smack in the middle of our world.
And that leads us to some really exciting truths I’d like to express in the form of
3 Big Ideas…
— Big Idea 1 —
The God of the Universe, in all his power and in all his character, has come to live within—and be intimately linked with—the deepest, truest part of every Christ-follower.
God has given me the responsibility of serving his church by proclaiming his entire message to you. This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to God’s people. For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.
— Big Idea 2 —
The deepest, truest part of who we (Christ-followers) are is not what it used to be. What and who we were has died and has been replaced by something new.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
1 John 3:1-3
See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
— Big Idea 3 —
God is constantly pursuing his work and life in and through us, seeking to pour out that life into the world around us in power and grace.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.
For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
Okay, here’s the important takeaway:
The 3 Big Ideas are not the end of what we’re talking about. On the contrary, they are only a start. A really important start, for sure. If you accept and embrace these ideas and make them your own, they will provide a strong foundation for—and open the door to—everything God is planning for you.
I have much more to say about this, including some important strategies for making these truths come alive in your life, but that will have to wait for another series.
One other thing: There’s a really important point I’m leaving out. A problem, actually. I don’t want to share it now, because we’re out of space to develop it here and—if you’re like most people I’ve talked to about this—you’ll miss the power of the promises by dwelling on the problem. I promise, when I write the other series, I’ll tell you what the problem is, what I’ve learned so far about solving it, and how disarming it will itself be a springboard into reaching your world for Christ.
Think about it…
What if the 3 Big Ideas are true? If you believed and embraced them, what difference would they make in your life?