GOING HIGHER WITH HIM
WHAT IS NATURAL?
BY: AUDREY DRUMMONDS
When I was a little girl I was raised in a church that encouraged us to go out and evangelize to the world that we were all “sinners”, and unless we confessed a “sinner’s prayer” we were all going to hell for eternity. Very common phrases were taught such as: “we are sinners saved by grace”, “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”, “If you were to die tomorrow do you know where you would go?”
Whenever I would try to go out and evangelize sharing these messages it just didn’t seem natural to my spirit. I always felt uncomfortable trying to say these phrases, so I tried to learn from others their technique. They would confront me with a concept of not being spiritual enough, or on fire for the Lord. Hence, I would feel more guilt that I wasn’t being a good Christian doing the Lord’s work as the church described.
As I have gone through life raising my own children the Holy Spirit has taught me to look at the natural creations of God to help clarify the spiritual understanding of His word. Scripture tells me, “All things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:3-4)
God created ALL life and He is ALL in ALL.
The reason I was uncomfortable evangelizing with the phrases the church had taught me was because it wasn’t natural to my true identity as a son of God. My responsibility as a Christian is to follow in the same path that Jesus illustrated while walking on this earth. At no time throughout His ministry did He use any of the phrases the church had drilled at me. To do the Father’s business, I had to see the finished work as Jesus did; that ALL belong to the Father and Jesus died for the sins of ALL. In the Father’s eyes, none are lost, not one sheep. Jesus restored 100% of mankind’s true identity at Calvary. The problem is most people just don’t know it, and would rather live in a religious bondage based on something they must do to enter into the Father’s presence.
My natural children have gone through times in their lives that I did not approve of the choices and decisions they made. Many times strong consequences would occur, and broken relationships developed because of those decisions. However, I would never consider for a moment to nullify the fact that they are my children. I would instantly stand in the gap with my life to cover theirs. Why? Because that is what unconditional love is a parent is supposed to have for their children.
If I can do this for my own family, how much greater should I expect the love of our Heavenly Father to be for ALL mankind. So what is natural in order for me to call myself a Christian in my Father’s house? I must see ALL mankind as brothers and sisters in Christ whether they know it or not. When others stumble, I have a responsibility to cover them in prayer and forgiveness, and love them unconditionally. Through that connection, it is the responsibility of the Holy Spirit to draw them to the Father, not mine.
The plan of salvation is not about me being saved, but about Christ ALL in ALL, and the unity of faith in Him. Scripture tells us that God has dealt to every (all) man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: so we, being many, are one body (all mankind) in Christ, and every one (all) members one of another (network together). Romans 12:3-5
What is natural is to say as Jesus did, “forgive them Father for they know not what they do.”
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