Collaborating with God: P&P Part 4

Posted: April 9, 2012 in Passion and Purpose
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Welcome to Passion and Purpose, part 4. For the workbook, follow this link.

Delight is very important to God. He created all things just so he could sit back on the seventh day and take delight in all that he had made. In God is the highest form of delight. He is the author and initiator of all pure delights from the taste of food to the enjoyment of sexual union. Only by running to our Creator will we find the delight for which we were created. We were created to rule and to reign. We were given this authority from a place of delight and intimacy, rather than a place of struggle and strife. So these days we can have strife in our pursuit of the legitimate desire he gave us to have influence, power, understanding, and significance. But if we go the route of intimacy and childlike delight, we can have access to the influence, power, understanding, and significance that is God’s to give. Interesting how intimacy breeds power– not what you’d expect. When we try to seek it through strife, or through your own strength, that’s when we lose.

Some people take great delight in home decor, others take great delight in the outdoors or some creative pursuit. Still others take delight in the hustle of a demanding, but rewarding career. God is a great collaborator. Not only does he communicate with his three person self to create new things, he collaborates with inferior beings like us. There are so many things that God is interested in, it takes the whole of human kind to fulfill his desires. And one of his desires is that his creation have desires of their own! God doesn’t sit there with a master plan and try to give you coordinates along the way to make you go his way.

Take a little time to read the following amazing Bible passages to learn about the ways in which God collaborates with his people.

The Sovereignty of God does not rule out our role as powerful agents of change in heaven and on earth.

– Moses actually changes God’s mind. (Exodus 32:9-14)

– Joshua asks God for a little more time. (Joshua 10:4-14)

2. God created us in his image, which means that he is not the only one who gets to be creative. He wants us to understand the essence of creating, from a place of passion and delight. When we uncover the dreams in our heart and begin to articulate them, we ignite the creative/divine spark that is in us all.

– Adam named the animals whatever he wanted.

– Jehoshaphat: (2 Chronicles 20:15-30) had this great idea of sending the singers out into battle first, and God thought that idea sounded really cool, so he made it work.

– Solomon: (1 Kings 3:4-15) told God what was on his heart, could have asked for love, there was more than one right answer. I think God would have been disappointed if he said, well God, what do you want me to have?

3. God is not a strict pragmatist, but an extravagant artist. He is a craftsman who expresses himself with emotion as well as incisive skill. You can notice from the natural world that some things he creates simply for the delight of it, not because it is absolutely necessary for the functioning of the world. He does not need a reason beyond the fact that it delights him to create. He just can’t help himself because that’s who he is.

– The first record of God pouring out his spirit was on an artisan, Bezalel. Maybe because the first thing God loves to do is to create. (Exodus 35:31)

– The Woman at Jesus’ Feet: (Matthew 26:6-13) went out on a limb to express her love to Jesus, Jesus was surprised and touched by the expression because it looked just like something his Father would do, something from pure passion and extravagance

– Why did God heal all ten lepers? Because they deserved it? Hardly. Only one came back to thank him. Because he wanted to teach them a lesson? Not necessarily. He didn’t chase them down to teach them a lesson. Because he wanted to? Absolutely.
How many other things did he do just because he wanted to? Many of them went unrecorded.

4. We are often taught to be good and obedient, but God loves it when we take action to fight for our passions.

– Jacob wrestles with the angel for his blessing, Esau was apathetic and he was forever cursed.

– The Centurion: (Matthew 8:8-13) Jesus was fully prepared to go to his house to perform a miracle, but the Centurion man thought out of the box, beyond the realm that Jesus was even expecting.

– The Woman with the Issue of Blood: she used an unconventional method to get her healing.

– The Woman Jesus called a Dog (Matthew 15:22-26): this lady was didn’t even care about being called a dog. She pushed Jesus to respond.

– A Wimpy Prophetic Act (2 Kings 13:14-19) God gave this man an answer in accordance with the level of the passion he demonstrated.

So how do we know if we are acting out of presumption or even rebellion?

– When we willfully disregard a direct order from the Lord, especially by the revealed Word of God. (Saul doesn’t kill all, David counts the men)
– When we refuse to seek God for major decisions in our lives or when our habit is not to seek him, but to seek our own counsel. (when Israel did not inquire of the Lord)
– When our attention is diverted from the glory and heart of God.

When God impregnated Mary, he allowed her DNA to be expressed through the man, Jesus. Her humanity was expressed every bit as much as God, the Father’s, divinity was expressed through Jesus. Sometimes we forget that Jesus was also fully man as he was fully God. What a beautiful mystery! This is how it is when God places desires on our hearts. In the beginning conception stage it can seem as though he wants it more than we do, other times it seems that we are pushing his hand. Regardless of who initiated the dream, there is a moment in heaven where it was conceived. From that moment, God has begun his creative miracle in you. Because each dream is so different, they have different incubation periods, but each one is a product of desire and of faith.

The difference between a divine purpose and a human purpose is that a divine purpose can only be accomplished with the favor of God of your life. A human purpose requires no faith. Human purposes are always too small. However, God can use even a feeble human purpose on your journey to a divine purpose.

Why are we scared of collaboration with God? Why would we rather have step by step marching orders? Because it implies that we have to take some measure of responsibility for its activation as well as the faith that God will meet us at our point of need. Divine dreams require new levels of skill and faith than ever before. God holds both you and himself responsible for the outcome.

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