by Glenn Fairman 3/30/14
Until we stand naked before the Living God, we shall not have assumed the proper perspective for building the foundations of an everlasting relationship. It ultimately comes down to a question of how vividly and honestly we perceive our need in Him. God is bound by no necessity. He, by nature, neither needs nor seeks completion through any externality that exists apart from His Triune Being. We, in contradistinction, are veritable oceans of desire and need. Our unregenerate natures, in their relentless longing for completion (and if they were able to) would absorb His entire creation to fill that boundless aching vacuum left within us, upon having evicted our rightful Master. Both parties, therein, occupy asymmetrical states of being — and a humanity divorced from its ultimate and sole fountain of satisfaction is wretched and restless beyond all comprehension.
It will not be possible for Natural Man, by reason of his carnality, to allow the proper approach of God in his life, because humanity will relentlessly seek to offer its Creator the scraps of its earthly virtue as evidence that a self-directed life possesses an inherent worthiness– an auto-generated Goodness that mankind can bargain God with — a fig leaf from which it can hide its nakedness. It is only by dispensing with the faith one has invested in his own working virtues that work can commence. And in transferring that faith to the True Sole Object that can forever salve this neediness, He can then begin His Great Reclamation Project within us. By admitting to ourselves the scope of our nakedness (a need that the Living God is well aware of), our feet can be anchored on solid rock and the Creator can begin an “addition by subtraction:” leveling our ramshackle edifice by dismantling the misconceptions, vanities, and self-interest that have masked themselves as bragging rights before God.
We are, then, effectively relinquishing the directorship over our own sovereignty and admitting to our utter futility – even if our life looks healthy from the outside or whether we have dashed ourselves on the rocks of calamity. Our impoverished need then becomes the default state where Christ meets us. Only in our unclad wretchedness will God finally have the opportunity to lovingly, but thoroughly, cleanse us and offer us raiment of light and a ring of fine gold.
Glenn Fairman writes from Highland, Ca. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. • (1988 views)