After reading, Ironside: “Broken Vessels for Christ”, I needed to be reminded of what I once wrote…
Excerpts from… Chapter 12 Why Not? of “The Family Fortune, 2nd ed.”
Belief is what I think is true, but conviction is what I know—and it’s from conviction of the heart, that I act. If my belief is only for comfort and pleasure in the natural… then, my gods are no greater than the natural world I can see. If I am willing to experience the natural for the dirt that it is… I am convicted that I am on “foreign ground”. The weakness and decay of the dirt only fuels my longing for my Savior, King, and Redeemer to rescue me—all the while leading me onto the Family Legacy. If my hope is set on the “genuine clean soil” of the Family Business that bears fruit for the Family and the future generations… the seed of Abraham… the nations… then, my God is without limit…
I still awaken in the morning with the sight of the Family’s Future… the blessed hope… on the horizon. Upon seeing what I was created for—to be a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ… a king and priest of the Lord of lords and King of kings, Christ Jesus… to participate in God’s will for His Household, His Family—my attitude and decisions, by the grace and mercy of God, are continuing to be pruned… renewed.
The pain of “suffer need” is the jolt that brings into focus what the Heroes of Faith saw and embraced—with my eyes and heart locked on, the obsession with “abounding in the dirt” is pushed to the sidelines and muffled to the background. Like the piercing stare of a warrior… the Family Purpose… the promises to Abraham… dissipate the smoke screen sent out by the grating voices of the critics, the fearful, and the unbelieving. Now that I can see my destination… the Lamb’s Wife… the New Jerusalem… I say to myself, “Why not, why not do it, if it promotes the family… the Family… the Family Fortune—the Gospel of the Kingdom of God!”
Then, I realize my hope… my calling… my fulfillment is no longer about “what”… but “who”. A “who” known as… the Family of… the remnant of the House of Israel and the House of Judah with the Jew and Gentile Saints grafted in. The Family named after… the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named… and, described as… the household of God… Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. And… the road to the realization of, the trail of the trials of our faith, is just the means… not the end!
When you know where you’re going, the road map makes sense.
Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Revelation 3:11-13
According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him… For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named… Ephesians 3:11…15
For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; Ephesians 2:18-20
But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. Hebrews 3:6