Monday, June 25, 2012

Mere Christinity: Book 4: Chapter 3 (Time and Beyond)

God, Time, and Vocation

This is one of the chapters that Lewis says one can skip if its not interesting to the reader, but I'm going to make it relevant to any Christian person.

Basically, God is outside of time... and while this is a mystery that we as humans (who live essentially in time) cannot fully understand, we can begin to somewhat comprehend it--especially in the implications that it has on us as children of God.

God IS... meaning that he always has been and always will be.  His essence is to exist.  This means that God perceives everything in one act.  To Him, your birth and your death, while a difference in kind, presents no difference in when it happens.  To him, the creation of the earth, the sending of his son, the death of his son, and Christ's second coming, are all one act.  Again, we cannot fully understand this (and for many, including perhaps myself, can hardly even begin to understand how this is so), but it's interesting to meditate on.

What does this mean for those of us who believe in Christ?  Jeremiah 29:11 I think is a good application, "for I know well the plans I have in mind for you...plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope".  Many Psalms (139:16 being only an example), echo this, "
Your eyes saw me unformed; in your book all are written down; my days were shaped, before one came to be."

Without getting into debates about free-will, we can be assured that God, because he is outside of time and all-knowing, has a plan for us--how we will influence the world for the betterment of his kingdom, and thus how we can best become happy.  This is called vocation.

God has given us gifts, and it is recognizing and using these gifts that can help us to discern our vocation.  Do not be afraid to ask God what he wants from you, for though it may be challenging, or even scary, you can be sure that obedience to God is the fastest way to ultimate happiness.  Apart from God's will, there can be no happiness.

So next time you're taking time to meditate on God's eternal "being-ness", pause for a moment to listen for him to communicate his will in your heart.  You just might be surprised by where he's taking you, but it should be no surprise that all he wants for you is to flourish.

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