The Secret Deliverer


GodReflection: God Shares His Secret

He (Christ the Messiah) was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 1 Peter 1:20

garyguarujaWe humans want to think of deliverance in military and political terms. From the base of power the value of freedom is promised. At the end of the day deliverance and freedom are never fully supplied.

Our expectations come from our shallow experience and from the failure to understand the nature of misguided expectations. My wrong hopes come when I fail to see God’s bigger picture.

Both patriarchs and prophets spoke of promised land and freedom. The Prophets told of a future time when God would send Messiah to deliver and set right all wrongs.

God’s people interpreted those promises through the lens of their own experiences. messiah16Reasoning from the political  resulted in misguided expectation.

For them Messiah was to come in the linage of King David as the God sent conqueror and liberator of the people.

The Hebrew nation would know when the deliverer arrived. They would know him by the actions of his sword and shield. He would be their conquering and liberating king.

As history evolved and Rome came to power Messiah’s arrival could not come too soon. There was one problem. Their expectation was misdirected. Their version of Messiah was not God’s version.

messiah1Their Messiah was tied to palaces not pastures.  They did not see God’s big picture. It was still God’s secret knowledge within the Holy Trinity.

Thus, the true identity and methodology of Messiah was covered behind a secret cloud.

Only the Godhead knew.

We people types had to wait until a baby was born in a hillside cave where livestock was sheltered and fed.

The infant Jesus grew to manhood and took the veil from Messiah to revealed his identity. The secret was out.  Messiah in human flesh was Christ the deliverer. This Christ man personified sonship, grace, love, justice, life, light, body, unity. He was a walking portrait of humility and service. He reflected the way I am to live while on this globe.

Yet, the religious missed him. He did not align with their daily rituals of Temple church messiah13nor with their unshakable belief in the way they defined religion.

Here’s my danger.

I have lived my entire life within a highly structured religious system. With good hearts my church tribe has always desired to follow God.

Like all humans, we have a tendency to institutionalize into a religious form beliefs created by previous generations along with our own conclusions. Often, we see only our closely focused picture rather than the secret God’s unveiled on our behalf.

I must be careful not to miss the revealed Jesus because I am obsessed with right religion rather than Messiah recognition.

As the veil drops I learn:

messiah9He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.

This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,  but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel (2 Timothy 1:9-10).

The ultimate secret shared by God through the Christ child’s birth is I am the benefactor of a God’s secret Deliverer, Jesus the Messiah.

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells

A GodReflection on The Secret Deliverer 

Gary@GodReflection.org     www.GodReflection.org

Holy Formed


GodReflection: Power Word Wednesday

garyguarujaFormation should be among my life’s primary objectives.

Tied to God, I can make a case for formation as His primary objective.

God formed body and soul through the act of birth. My first breathe of inhaled air activated a living soul.

Without even a hint of doubt, I rest assured that God formed who I know as me. The prophet Isaiah provides an insight. God calls me by His name and created me for His glory, He formed and made me. (Isaiah 43:7)

formed1Scripture describes a second form. This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name. (Jeremiah 33:2)

I walk upon dirt formed by God, Son, and Spirit. I worship the Godhead who formed celestial bodies, sky, rivers, plants, and all life that walks, flies, and swims.

There is yet a third form described by the Holy.

Once I sign on with Jesus I discover my power to walk in his company comes from the Holy Spirit that lives within. He dwells in me. My primary task upon the face of the earth now becomes to allow Christ to form in me. (Galatians 4:19)

formed7That brings forth another exclamation of wow.

This is what I think that means for me.

Each day I increasingly notice my role is not to do but rather to submit. That means for this Baby Boomer—who is so adept at the creation of To Do Lists—submission is my only task so that Christ can form in me.

Think of the implications.

To the degree that I whittle away my control gene, I allow submission to escape into the heart of Jesus.

formed5Jesus takes my submission gift and forms himself to occupy a greater space within me.

From the Christ whose formation in me increases, there results an increased flow of the living Jesus flowing from within me onto the path of my walk.

I think of yet a fourth powerful formation. At the same time Jesus is forming an increased presence in me, he is also forming his body—those who follow the way. Over the centuries, the word church came to describe his body.

Paul seems to like the body analogy. He writes

So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others . . . Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ . . . For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

The Holy generates formation. It is Christ’s church.

Once again, I find my role in the process to be submission.

I function along with others as a body member. However, the body is the body of Jesus. He is the head.  My place isn’t to judge the claim of a fellow traveler who honors Jesus and claims membership in the body. I don’t form the body. That is Jesus’ role. It is his church.

formed8The power word for today is my realization that the Holy generates formation and my response is nothing more than contrite submission. 

If I would be consistent in this one concept then more room for the Holy would result in my own walk, don’t you think?

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on God’s Power of Formation.

Gary@Godreflection.org     www.MakeYourVisionGoViral.com

Jesus and My Tribe


GodReflection: It’s Jesus Friday

A tribe is any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, and an idea. For millions of years, humans have joined tribes, be they religious, ethnic, political, or even musical . . . . It’s our nature. – Seth Godin

garyguarujaBefore looking at Jesus and my tribe I want to set the direction I hope to follow in 2015.

God Breaks In Mondays will reflect on times past, present, and future, when the Holy visits earth. What are those implications for me?

On Power Word Wednesdays, my intent is to reflect further on the power words that shape my walk on earth. I remain intrigued at the power behind a God driven vocabulary. Followers of the Holy guide their lives by a dictionary of the Holy.

Today is the first post on Its Jesus Fridays. Since Jesus walked the earth to show me the heart and face of God, I wonder why he is not the first place I look for my clues on how to live and worship rather than to the rules and traditions set by past and current generations.

tribe2Its Jesus Friday so here I go reflecting on Jesus and my tribe.

Religious folks call their tribe a congregation or a church.

As one who has lived in, among, and around churches my entire life, and even planted a few, I’ve come to think the concept of tribe fits rather well.

Tribes know who is in and who is out. You follow the rules and you are in. You break the rules and you are out. Most of us attribute our rules to God. That gives us the needed authority for the definition of our tribal boundaries.

tribe6Here’s the problem I see. Too many of us focus on tribal definitions as we walk the boundary lines digging them deep into the soil. In the process, we unwittingly assign Jesus a lesser role.

I stand amazed and ashamed at the ease with which I move the focus away from Jesus.

I join with those throughout the ages who have felt pushed by “right rules,” rather than drawn to the Righteous Son.

In 2012, I was acutely aware when I initiated the GodReflection blog of the limited time I have on earth based upon the number of my birthday celebrations—I’ve had three more since.

My stated purpose is to spend my remaining walk on earth to come to know better the Triune God.

tribe10I am far from where I want to be but I am making progress in my attempt to peel away a few of the unwanted barnacles attached to the hull of  my ship as it moves toward the horizon.

I am beginning to see that to know Jesus is to know God.

I’ve learned that Jesus’ church is perfect. It needs neither reformation nor restoration. Who is in constant need of reform and restoration is I. I need to become more like Jesus.

tribe16During 2015 as I explore It’s Jesus Friday, I am determine to declare It’s Jesus.

It will be my purpose to spend more time in the glow of Jesus’ life and teachings. I want to take care not to make rules that weigh down the Jesus walk of others.

It is my aim to draw from those ahead of me in their allegiance to Jesus as Savior as they place him at the center of their walk.

It’s Jesus.

I want to increase the intensity of the flame so that the impurities of religion can be removed leaving Jesus as the pure gold nugget I hold in my hand.

tribe21Will I meet the goal I set forth? Not a chance.

However, I trust the Holy Spirit of God will move me farther along the path.

I invite you to reflect along with me each Friday as together we shout, It’s Jesus.

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on It’s Jesus.

Gary@Godreflection.org     www.MakeYourVisionGoViral.com

Path Words to the Holy: Prayer


GodReflection: Power Words

garyguarujaI place myself among the multitude of Christ followers who feel inadequate in the realm of prayer. I am no Martin Luther who wrote, “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”

While I struggle in my own prayer world, I see others who God seems to grace with the gift of prayer. The Prayer Pathway is their primary means of walking close to the Father.

The first time I noticed it was in college. I encountered a friend who was normal in every way—except one.  What caught my attention was the way he prayed. He was among those who pray without pretence.

He drew me into his public prayers. I readily walked with him syllable by syllable. I felt no need to glance at my watch when he led in prayer.

My college friend was not alone. He represents a worn pathway of many Christ followers.

prayer12Their public prayer is merely an extension of their private prayer life.They walk the Prayer Pathway.

Those on the prayer trail pursue the alignment of their own will with the will of the Father.

I thank God for their role in the kingdom. Their time on the Prayer Pathway in conversation with God directly affects my walk. They cover a lot of territory with God focused words. I yearn to be on their agenda when they approach the Father.

Here is what I think.

prayer16I want to hold in grateful esteem those who walk with such effortless ease the Prayer Pathway.

At the same time, I must refrain from discouragement with my own plodding prayer trek.

God gave me the language I use to converse with Him. He did not wire me to walk with ease the pathway of prayer. I suspect He smiles in appreciation as I struggle in my communication with Him. I don’t speak fluent God.

I praise God that in His gracious kindness He wired me to walk other pathways with Him where I am more at ease. They are more natural to our relationship.

Father God,

I thank you for those who find meaningful relationship with the Holy on the Prayer Pathway.

I want to imitate their priority of will alignment with the Godhead.prayer6

In my distinct wiring may I approach my own pathways with the same priority—to align my will with that of the Holy.

Whatever the assigned walk— as an artist, a builder, a thinker, a caregiver, an expressive, the intellectual, or the nature lover— may, the purpose along the trail be step-by-step will alignment with Father, Son, and Spirit.

It is in the name of the Godhead I pray,

Amen.

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on Prayer as a Holy Path of Power.

Gary@Godreflection.org     www.MakeYourVisionGoViral.com

Path Words to the Holy: Caregiver


GodReflection: Power Words

garyguarujaGod used special “feeling” strands to wire Caregivers. It is a unique gift. I know because I’m married to one.

I probably wouldn’t take note should the moon stop shinning. Life under my rock blocks many awareness signals.

In contrast, God designed caregivers with special antennas. Not only caregiver8can they sense the need for care, they feel closes to God when they step into the pathway of caring. For it is in the act of caring that they find themselves most in communion with God.

caregiver11They constantly shop for cards that carry just the right message.

They write notes and make telephone calls to those on their radar screen.

I like to think of them as equipped in unique fashion with the gift of helps.

Their ranks are high among nurses. It is easy to spot nurses in hospitals who are caregivers as opposed to those doing a job for a paycheck.

Caregivers get little press. Others may wrongly judge communion with God in the act of care giving, as inferior to the prayer warrior or to the enthusiast who worships God with abandon expression. I suspect God smiles to see them serve as his hands, feet, and heart.

How neat is it to have wiring with the propensity to act like Jesus!

Jesus—who showed to us the face of God—set the bar as the ultimate caregiver. He blazed the trail as he hurt with the poor, lame, blind, and sick. He cared at times of death and distress. I can imagine he picked up and held more than one child with a skinned knee.

He cared for his mother. He cared for lost people. He cared for his disciples.

caregiver1The caregiver leans into the promise the apostle Peter gave to the churches; Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Surely, those wired as caregivers receive an extra jolt of power from the knowledge they imitate the Savior.

Holy God,

Thank you for allowing your church to walk in the company of our brothers and sisters wired to walk well the pathway of caregiver.

May we honor their service and quietly rejoice with them as they follow their pathway. Grant each one with contentment of knowing they feel your smile as they walk a sacred pathway conducive to their design.

May the rest of us encourage them as they follow your wiring and move along the caregiver pathway into proximity of the Holy.

I pray through the name of the one they imitate—Jesus of Nazareth,

Amen.

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on Caregiver as a Holy Path Word of Power.

Gary@Godreflection.org     www.MakeYourVisionGoViral.com

Path Words to the Holy: Thinker


GodReflection: Power Words

garyguarujaSurely, God wired me from birth as a thinker. Some call it daydreaming.

My mom stood amazed at the length of time it took me to put on socks each morning. It was an important part of the process for my mind to wonder between the right sock and the left. The world needed sorted as my day started. (Some things don’t change.)

Over a lifetime, it seems my mind increased its propensity to think and wonder. I am therefore I think,

I think when I am alone and I think when in a crowd—seldom do my thoughts focus on the subject at hand. My daughter lovingly accuses me of dwelling under a rock.thinker12 Age glosses over my childhood daydreaming with a kinder coat of miracle paint that turns daydreaming into reflection, or the idea I like most—to ponder.

That’s what thinkers do. We ponder.

We wonder. We reflect. We question. We query. We explore. We meditate. We assimilate. We examine. We ponder.

Tradition is never enough. We like to think for ourselves. To think demands soul freshness.

The goal of Christ followers is to move into proximity of the Holy with the expectation for a dab of Holy glory to dust our souls.

The pathway we take is dependent upon how God wired us. Some move close to God primarily through service, some primarily through spontaneous expression, and still others primarily through song.

thinker10My primary path word is thinker. All other paths play a lesser role in my trek across life.

As a follower of the Way of Jesus, I place the act of continual thinking beneath the umbrella of the Holy in an attempt to know Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

It is my primary pathway to the Holy. I like the expression of the apostle Paul; we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ

I follow other pathways through God’s forest. However, the thinker pathway requires little effort. It is as if God made me to ponder. I receive confirmation from David who sought the heart of God; on my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.

Jesus mother, Mary lived without answers. Luke tells me; Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Upon the birth of the Christ child, she found herself sorting out meaning. From what we know of Mary, her thoughts swirled around God.

Dear Holy God,

May each of your children discover the pathway that leads to you.

I pray for those wired as thinkers. May we walk this pathway in total humility. I thinker11recognize that my thoughts are not always correct. Please bless a heart that seeks relationship with you and overlook my wrong conclusions.

My prayerful desire is that each day my thoughts bring me in closer harmony with the Holy.

Through the name of Jesus, I pray.

Amen.

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on Thinker as a Holy Path Word of Power.

Gary@Godreflection.org     www.MakeYourVisionGoViral.com

 

 

Path Words to the Holy: Builder


GodReflection: Power Words

garyguarujaI didn’t appreciate it at the time yet; in many ways to experience my youth in the Southwest United States was an exercise in freedom. Federal lands compose 51% of the combined area of nine of the eleven western states.

That meant my state–as one of the nine–with its national forests, national parks, wilderness, and rangelands was a boundary less playground of exploration.

builder9Thousands of worn pathways crisscross these lands without fences. They stand tribute to wild animals that manage their own system of roads. Worn bare from use they are pathways through natural habitat.

The imagery translates into pathways to the Holy God. I keep two or three paths worn from use. Others I travel infrequently. They are not as comfortable to my wiring or as natural as my favorite trails.

My favorite paths are those I traverse with ease and with confidence. I know them well.

builder1I am at home among the builders.

It is as if intuitively I follow the builder pathway. There is something about the feel of being at the center of God’s will when I set free my God wiring as a builder.

There is a confidence that God smiles as kingdom projects move in a positive direction. I thrill at the stories of those who become children of the King through a project God chose to bless.

The apostle Paul out of deep gratitude for undeserved grace followed the builder path across the Roman world. I love his imagery.

The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.

By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care.

Here is what I think.

Builder, as a path words to the Holy stands in third place among the paths I identify that lead me to experience the presence of God. In my sunset years, due to age and a well-worn body I find I travel its pathway less.

What a fun path it is for one who received God’s wiring as a builder. At the core is the realization of being a partner with God in a holy task. I still feel excitement just to think of the process.

builder5To draw blueprints, recruit co-workers, gather resources, execute steps, witness God’s power, and stand in awe at the kingdom fruits that grows and ripens without end, is the joy of the walk down the builder’s pathway.

Dear Holy God,

I think of your list in the Hebrew Letter of the men and women who walked the Builder Pathway prior to the arrival of Jesus on earth.

I greatly admire the thousands upon thousands who accepted your call upon their lives to follow the Builder Pathway since the resurrection.

I pray for those who will yet answer the call as fellow workers; those who will gravitate to a closer walk with You through active participation as builders of the Kingdom.

May the reign of Jesus cover the earth.

I pray through His Holy Name.

Amen

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on Builder as a Holy Path Word of Power.

Gary@Godreflection.org     www.MakeYourVisionGoViral.com