01 September 2011

Listen...

I occasionally watch some of the TED videos that pop up over the internet. Most of the videos I watch are actually pretty good, but I have to quickly interpret the ideology of each speaker (and that of the organization). TED is a non-profit organization that allows a set of presenters to share their experiences and knowledge with others. The speaker's experience can relate to anything, but what is shared is usually not common knowledge in society. Basically, it's the world's attempt to "share your testimony".

I just recently watched a video of 2 mothers who understand forgiveness. See pic below:


The mother on the left had a son who died on 9/11 in the World Trade Center (WTC). The woman next to her is Zacarias Moussaoui's mother. Zacarias was known to be one of the major leaders of the attacks on the WTC. The lady on the right is the interpreter.

In the video, the mother on the left is explaining how she felt when her son died and the decision she made to forgive Zacarias and the mercy she offered his mother; much like what God wants us to do for those that sin against us (Matt 6:9-13). Now, they are life-long friends.

Not only did this woman's forgiveness shake my bones, but there was a picture that clicked with me. You see, when I have these personal revelations, it's always like a light bulb coming on over my head (Ding!). Then, a million thoughts start forming. The picture above made it all so clear.

The point I'm trying to make is while the forgiving mother is speaking, the interpreter is whispering the language the terrorist's mother understands; directly into her ear. This is what the Holy Spirit does for us. He interprets the Father's secrets and desires to our hearts in much the same way. He uses the language that we understand and his voice sounds like your voice! It's a still (peaceful) small (not big and loud) voice (the most familiar voice you know = yours) (1 Kings 19:12).

I used to think that God was so far above me that I would never understand him. I thought it would take so much effort on my part to hear just a glimpse of what he was saying. I figured he was so wise and intelligent that anything he could ever say would be WAAAAY over my head. Not to mention he can use any language at any time...even heavenly languages, or the ones that angels use (1 Cor 13:1). I remember seeing somewhere that God also has a name for Jesus that only he knows (pretty cool...but I can't find the reference right now). Apparently, Father is all about some languages. Plus, since Jesus spoke in parables, instead of just coming out and saying it, I would be afraid of not completely grasping his thought. But, this couldn't be further from the truth!

I think those people who have such amazing speech and booming prayers were used to help instill this fear in me (like this kind of prayer, "Dear Heavenly Lord God, please thouest come and shine thy light on thee, Holy gracious one..."). No one can compete with those guys! Surely, they are the perfect example of how God truly talks, right?? Again, not true. You see, the Pharisees and Sadducees did the same thing. They were the perfect example of what the perfect Christian looked like, but they were further from the Truth than anyone. I could go on, but you see my point...and I'm going off topic, so I'll stop now. ~:-)

Even Jesus admitted to speaking figuratively to his disciples when he was here. However, he also said that he would stop speaking in parables and start speaking plainly about the Father (John 16:25). The Holy Spirit is now the one speaking plainly to us. He also said that it would be better that he leave this world and send the Holy Spirit as our helper (John 16: 7, 14:26). Why is it better that Jesus leave? Because Jesus' Spirit is living IN you! Your spirit no longer exists...only his Spirit is left to take your spirit's place.

This is my point: Jesus' Spirit is our interpreter. The Interpreter is also speaking directly into our ear. He's not confusing or hard to understand (because the Bible says so). If it's confusing or hard to understand, it's not him. He's not using vocabulary we don't know or using other languages that are foreign to us. He's talking plainly so we can hear. He's speaking so gently and easily that it's almost too hard to believe what we're hearing is actually him. The only way you can truly know what he sounds like is if you spend time with him. Just like the time you spend with your friends. A mother knows her child's voice in a crowd of a million people. How does she know her child's voice? She hears it every day...all day.

Jesus came to share with us what that Father was doing and saying (John 5:19-20). Jesus shared with us his Father's love. That same Jesus is INSIDE of you and me who believe and Jesus' Spirit hasn't stopped what Jesus started. He is our Helper and Advocate. Therefore, listen to the Spirit's voice. He's sharing God's glorious love and wonder. He's sharing with you God's secrets that only his people know. He's sharing prophecy with you. He's sharing knowledge and wisdom. Only his people will know his voice...and only his people will actually listen (John 10:27).

The picture above makes it all so clear. Block out the noise around you and ignore the crowd. He's speaking. Stand quietly with your arms folded and listen to him whisper his love and plans for you. He loves you and he hasn't left you alone!

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