“Beware of talking about abandonment if you know nothing about it, and you will never know anything about it until you have realized that John 3:16 means that God gave Himself absolutely. In our abandonment we give ourselves over to God just as God gave Himself for us, without any calculation.” I must take this warning from OC seriously. I can’t talk about abandonment from experience as he does. I have not reached that level of abandonment. I recognize the need for it, the wisdom of it, the joy in it. I just haven’t achieved it.
“To say that we are called to preach holiness or sanctification, is to get into a side eddy. We are called to proclaim Jesus Christ. The fact that He saves from sin and makes us holy is part of the effect of the wonderful abandonment of God.”
Like the wolf eyeing a flock of sheep, Satan loves it when an individual separates from the flock or the herd. They’re oh so easy to pick off.
We often marvel at how effective the church seems to be in foreign fields. Could it be that those flocks have nothing but each other. No alternatives to the community which provides for their very survival.
We must recapture the vision, a loving community, with connection through the Holy Spirit gifted to us, with a clear direction to bring love and change to our world by introducing them to a God of infinite love.
Take a bath, jump in the mire with the other stinky smelly sheep. Let God help you learn to know them and love them like He does. Be the real Christian He intends for us to be and be
Blessed to be a blessing.
52Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
Many Disciples Desert Jesus
60On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”