Over the course of my life, especially over the past 2 years, I consider myself a student and seek to learn as much as I can about Jesus. I have come across so many wonderful teachers, those still with us and those dancing with Jesus. Today I pray that we never stop seeking truth, that we never stop thirsting for more of what Jesus, the ultimate teacher, has to share with us. Jesus thank you for what you have shown me and others throughout human history, thank you for what is rooted deep within us.
I have been blessed to learn from people like Brennan Manning, Rich Mullins (as well as his brother Dave), C.S. Lewis, Oswald Chambers, David Platt, Tony Compolo, Bob Goff, N.T. Wright…there are so many others I could list. Today I wanted to share some of what I have learned from Richard Rohr, he has been a very influential teacher in my walk along this path towards knowing Jesus more deeply. I don’t think it’s possible to read what Rohr pens to page without some intense thought and prayer. This was something I read today from his post on March 9th. I read a few parts over and over again, I love how this affected me!
“God is in us, because we are in Christ. As members of the mystical body, Christians actually partake in the divine nature of the Trinity. We do not merely watch the dance, we dance the dance. We join hands with Christ and the Spirit flows through us and between us and our feet move always in the loving embrace of the Father. In that we are members of the mystical body of Christ, we see the joyful love of the Father through the eyes of the Son. And with every breath, we breathe the Holy Spirit.” ~ Carl McColman
What a wonderful image to consider, life with Jesus isn’t meant to be watched, it’s meant to be part of you. In other words we need to dance the dance! This last part was the one that I sat and read over and over again, very impactful for me and how I am trying to live out my life here on Earth.
“There’s no evidence Jesus ever expected his little movement to take over the world—that is, the “system”—but instead that there’d be just enough people living into this kind of mutuality to be the leaven in the dough keeping this entire creation from total delusion and self-destruction. Please don’t jump to the conclusion, though, that God doesn’t love (and indeed like) all those who are “in and of” the system. They just suffer and severely limit themselves by divided loyalties.” ~ Richard Rohr
I often get very frustrated by this system, this world, and I see how the corruption can soil the minds of those who claim to follow Jesus. Roth isn’t saying “little movement” as it’s insignificant, but rather how vast his message has become after starting with just a few devote followers to carry on the message. The movement that began in a small upper room with just a handful of people is still growing today over 2000 years later. Jesus is clear he loves, and likes, all of us. However not all are called to be the leavening agent to help this world rise above the path of self destruction it is currently on. I hope and pray I am part of this movement, and the truth in my heart that leads me to pure joy tells me I am.
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