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Life and living were never meant to be static, as pointed out in the scriptures where Paul said; “In Him, we live, move and have our very being.”
The living reality of Christ in us as us being the hope of all that is glorious, is constantly working to bring forth in our daily living a tangible and touchable expression of the invisible God right where we live and interact amongst the human family.
In order for this reality to continue, there must of necessity be a shedding of things that were formally good for the moment or even for a season but now in light of what is to be a more defined expression of what we are yet becoming, must be left behind.

This new wine that Jesus spoke of has to be put into new wine skins otherwise the fermenting process will rupture the old skins and be wasted. To my way of thinking the image that comes to mind is that of a snake, it must throughout its life continue to shed its total skin, from nose to tail, otherwise it will die. This also speaks to me of the quote by Robert Browning; “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”

I find that this ongoing internal transformational work of God’s grace is one of often being filled with great wonder and awe, along with tremendous amounts of turbulent unsettledness, perhaps all part of what freedom is really all about.
I have been outside of the institutional religious system for nearly eighteen years now and I am continuing to see so much more as a result of sorting and sifting through much of what I had previously accepted without any serious examination.

In the midst of all of this I am discovering like Christopher Columbus did, that my world too is also round and not flat, a debilitating fear that tried to cripple Columbus in his day as well as all of us in the day and hour we find ourselves living in is something we will continually battle with. With more and more of those nagging fears dissipating, being able to freely and seriously rethink about so many things that were etched into stone, is very unnerving yet exhilarating at the same time.

Apart from knowing that Jesus is the Christ, the Lord, that God is love, and that he loves me unconditionally, everything else is for now simply on the peripheral of my thinking and pondering. For example within just the past couple of days of listening in on some conversations, topics of repentance, should God always be on our mind, and hearing the heart of what people are saying, I’m finding that so much of life is actually coloring, thinking and living outside of the religious ruts that so many seem to have fallen into.

People most often want things nailed down having as it were all of their beliefs (ducks) in a row, but is that possible in light of knowing this one that is not a teaching or a doctrine?

“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made. Our times are in his hand, who saith, ‘A whole I planned, youth shows but half; Trust God: See all, nor be afraid!’”

Rich

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