Posted by: stevenpalomino | March 24, 2008

A Higher Calling

What is the point of life? This is one of the most complex questions and also probably one with the most answers. Personally, I believe that we were put here to glorify God. Is that it though? Well, of course not. God deserves all the glory and praise. Is the point of Christianity really to just gain more people and see who can get a bigger crowd? I doubt it. Is the end of the road salvation and intimacy? I don’t think so! We’re called to be someone bigger than ourselves, if not than we wouldn’t have to “die to ourselves”. They calling it “being like Christ” for a reason. We’re supposed to be LIKE Christ. Not just in how He acts towards people but who He is. Paul says over and over that he never relies on his smart words or his preaching but the power that God shows through him (1 Thess. 1:5).

We have a power available to us that hardly anyone knows about. The Christian body has ignored this power. But WHY has always been my question. Is it because we don’t think we can do those things anymore? Jesus told us Himself that we would do GREATER things than He did. So what are we waiting for?

-Ephesians 1:19-20 NLT
[I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.]

and in the NKJV

[..and what is the exceeding greatness of His power towards us who believe according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.]

Basically, God wants us to know the incredible or “exceeding” greatness of His power for us who believe in Him. He wants all of us to be healing the sick and doing signs and wonders and miracles. Of course we might not get the success rate that Jesus had during His ministry but it’s better to heal 5/10 rather than 0/10.

Our churches are slowly running downwards. We’ve lost the need for intimacy and replaced it with the knowledge of the bible. We keep teaching salvation. I believe if Jesus was still here He’d tell us to grow up! We’re telling other’s about the STORY of Jesus but what happens when we get asked about how to get CLOSER to God. What if someone wants to be BEST FRIENDS with God and wants to talk to Him constantly and have the communion of the Holy Spirit constantly? Is that something we just turn on and off when we feel like it? No! If we’re really in communion with God and with His Holy Spirit than He should be talking to us more than we’re talking to Him. If we’re really “best friends” with God and if Jesus really is our “home dog” than we need to realize that He IS talking to us constantly. He’s wanting to lead us, give us guidance, give us truth, and words of comfort. He’s not just there when we’re going through a hard time or praying for someone else. Power comes through intimacy and intimacy comes through spending time with God and really just getting to know God’s heart. Talking to Him constantly and on every occasion.

God is looking for whole-hearted lovers. People who He can bless and keep blessing to higher levels. People He can raise up and lead nations not only in word but in power. To show the people that we don’t serve a God of stories and history, but of glory and power.

God wants to take us all into deeper levels of intimacy. To show us His heart. To speak to us face to face and plainly like friends do and like He did to moses. God didn’t just put us here to have a “long distance relationship” with us. His goal is to restore “the garden of Eden relationship”. To be with us and talk to us. God didn’t just create the world like that so that He could LATER talk to us from “a distance”. Eden is STILL God’s desire. God wants us. God wants all of us. He wants to be INTIMATE with us and He wants us to know Him.

I don’t think anything depicts how much God wants us than this Song of Solomon verse:

Draw me away!
We will run after you.
The king has brought me into his chambers.
We will be glad and rejoice in you.
We will remember your love more than wine.
Rightly do they love you.
[Song of Solomon 1:4]

Our desire should always be for God to draw us away and take us to His chambers. This is an analogy of a bride and her bridegroom going into the intimate place of a chamber where intimate things happen. I believe it means something so much deeper. Just like God creates things that are metaphorical, I believe this is one of them. God created sex to reflect the intimacy with have with Him that no one else knows of. Just like being intimate with your wife/husband. God wants us to go into the chamber of intimacy so He can grow our hearts and expand our knowledge of Him. No one can take our place and nothing will ever mean more to us when we realize the bliss of this chamber.


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