I have kept in touch with an old friend from my “restaurant years” – 1986-1994 – we spent hours and hours back then, sharing life over coffee, every week… until Ellen and I moved from the Barre/Montpelier Vermont area to Morrisville.
He writes a “monthly letter” to several hundreds of friends to encourage them in their respective journeys thru life… he gives them things to “Think About”... strangely enough he has titled this monthly letter “Think About It”…
I have tried to respond to him about what he is saying each month… and we go back and forth like we used to… only… this month he asked me if I would like to write a guest “Think About It”… so… I did…
He sent out what I wrote this morning… enjoy!
GUEST – THINK ABOUT IT – GUEST
“If I was invited to speak to a group of people I had never met… what would I say to them? Hmmmm… So… I asked the Lord…. “What should I say?” His reply was “Just tell them your story”. My story is a long one since I have been traveling the road of life a long time…. I am half way thru my 84th year at this point…I had a dramatic collision with God in 1968, which also means the past 51 of those years I have been walking with the Lord.
I am regularly asked to talk about my conversion experience… any time I tell my story, almost anywhere, people will respond and tell me “you should write a book”… I never did… explaining that, if I did write a book, every year I would have to buy all the remaining copies, burn them and then write another book… because every day I walked with Him, He would tweak everything I know. I did almost write a book entitled: “What I Learned After I Knew Everything” but decided instead, to tell others what I told my wife. “I’ve taught you everything I know. Now that you have learned both those things… you are on your own”.
Those two things, however, are very important things… #1: GOD IS #2: I AM NOT HIM
Once I had that settled… the next step was to: “Surrender all that I know of myself, to all that I know of Him” This was a pretty important step, since we are all totally unique persons, each God’s own special “snowflake”, no two of us alike, each on our own special journeys and each at different places in that journey. Once I surrendered that way, it was simple to proceed to Romans 12 and “present Him my body as a living sacrifice”… which He showed me was actually my acceptable worship of Him. I became a dead-alive person.
Paul had already experienced that… which he tried to explain in Romans 7… a great understanding of his natural man and the struggle he had trying to stop something that can never be stopped… by us… then Paul saw how it was designed to work as he cried out: “Who shall deliver me from this body of death!” He had already discovered it was Jesus, so it is good to understand that that was a “rhetorical” question… and when He reveals to us the next area He feels is “ready” to be changed… Jesus puts that area to death and replaces it with His very own life. Each area of death is replaced by His life. I have been at this a long time… there are less things He shows me these days because so many areas have been put to death… I don’t have to think about what is left alive of my natural man… because I know He will show me when it is time.
Over and over I have experienced what I call: “the most powerful outworking of the Holy Spirit – His ability to eliminate me of me”…
I encourage everyone to just never stop seeking more of Him. Press on each day for the rest of your life, because none of us will ever discover everything He is. Make your goal simply be to: “live and move and have your being in Him”… experience His life every day… know experientially that “For you to live is Christ”…. 24/7… every day.
There is another way than this… its called religion… but its end is a different kind of death… I have experienced that death…. I lived in that death for 32 years… the saddest of all my stories… it is posted on the God page of my new website…. should you want to read it. Here is a link… https://philipsweightplan.wordpress.com/biblical/
There is only one person who ever lived the Christian life…. His name is Jesus… He is still the only one who lives it… by replacing my life with His life. I die… He lives.”