You want…more??? What!!!

Oliver_IwantsomemoreWhat happens when a child of God realizes the truth that they’re not a dirty sinner anymore? That they’re not orphaned, that they’re holy, blameless and have been included in the eternal fellowship between the Father and the Son in the Spirit?

What if they keep talking about wanting the “more” of heaven here on earth?

And what is often the reaction from many Christian brothers and sisters when these people talk about finding themselves in their heavenly Father’s loving embrace as a fully-affirmed son or daughter in His Kingdom here on earth?

What I have often witnessed is something curiously strange.

But before I get to that, I’m thinking of a scene from the 1968 musical, “Oliver!” Let’s watch it, shall we?


(YouTube video from maisa)

If you get what I’m trying to say here, you’ve got to love the analogy. As blood-bought Christians, we’ve been living like orphan children–like earthbound victims in Christ, not living from our home in heaven (Eph.2:6; Phil.3:20), going to our orphan churches, hoping Papa will show up one day and bring us home.

And sadly, for many, having Mr.Bumble as your pastor–doling out skimpy portions of life-giving grace, yet pouring out a cauldron of the “gruel” of how rotten you are, naming you with these alien identities, teaching false-humility, empty philosophy, opinions filled with fear–what’s wrong with the world, the government, sinners–mixed in with all the legal requirements of being in God’s good favor.

The result is, nobody’s feeling any joy of the Lord. Emaciated and malnourished on this diet of fear mongering, obligation and manipulation, there’s no real freedom.

You’ll get freedom from your miserable existence here on earth when you die and go to heaven…

But we have a banner on our wall that says, “God is love!”

But then one of the orphans wakes up and realizes that he doesn’t have to live like this anymore. He has a Father in heaven who loves him and affirms him as a son.

What is the response from the Mr. Bumbles and the other orphans to this startling revelation of God’s scandalous grace and love?

Please sir, I want some more.
What!!!

Please sir…I want some…more?
MORE!!!

Catch him, snatch him!
Hold him! Scold him!
Pounce him, trounce him
Pick him up and bounce him!
(from Oliver! 1968 musical)

How dare you say that you’re a saint! A beloved son of the Living God! That you’re dead to sin and free from your old sin nature!(Rom.6:6, 11-13; Col.3:3).

How dare you say you’re already seated in heaven and that “as Jesus is, so are you in this world!” (1 John 4:17).

How dare you say that sin shall not have dominion over you, that you’re not a victim but always triumphing in Christ, that you can never be separated from the love of God (Rom.6:14; 8:37-39; 2 Cor.2:14).

And how dare you say that you’ll do what Jesus did, and even greater things (John 14:12; 20:21)–that you’ll lay hands on the sick and they will recover, that you’ll cast out demons and even raise the dead (Matt.10:7-8; 28:18-19; Mark 16:17-18), that all principalities and powers are under your feet because they are under Jesus’ feet and you’re in Him (Eph.1:18-23; 2:6).

How dare you…you…heretic! False prophet!

We were warned about your kind by pastor Bumble and on our fear blogs, books, websites and radio. Yes, and oooohhhh (use scary religious voice here)…in the last days…oohhhhh!

Yes. we were told your type would start showing up…leading us orphans astray. Giving us false hope…

Now, sit down, shut up and be a powerless victim like the rest of us. Ha! 🙂

MrBumbleBeloved, is your view of your heavenly Father more like Mr. Bumble than Jesus? (John 14:7-9) And are you surprised when He does something good for you? That He not only wants to give you more, but “exceedingly, abundantly above all you can ask or think” (Eph.3:20)?

Do we see Jesus as our loving savior and friend, but the Father as distant, absent and scary? After all, we were told over and over that He had to turn His back on Jesus so He might do that with us too. I wrote about this here and here

Todd White said this about the importance of our identity as sons…

“If I don’t realize when I get born again that God is my Father, I’ll be headed for heaven but I’ll live like hell until I get there.”

I think it’s time we shed these orphan rags and start believing and asking for the “more” of God that’s our rightful inheritance in Christ (Eph.1:18). For Paul prayed that we would know this. Why? Because it’s possible not to know it!

It’s your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom. All that He has is yours (Luke 12:32; 15:31). Stand up and ask for more.

 

Advertisements

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 36 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
This entry was posted in Father Heart of God, Grace, Identity, Sonship and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

14 Responses to You want…more??? What!!!

  1. Michael says:

    AMEN! Mel, this is a reason why I got on WP. I wanted to share many writings I had locked away on computer; but I also wanted the fellowship of other believers because I’m quite starved of like-minded people of faith. And when I got here I found the so much that I was missing, like this, filling in knowledge gaps and building me up in faith.

    When I look at my spiritual progression, there’s a reason why I haven’t been able to trod the road of the kind you speak of so often. It’s because I planted myself in the Word of God. That is the difference, I believe, because I just don’t see how one can snuff out such an explosive message. Each day I’m making sure that I’m living heaven-to-earth and not the other way round. This post really blesses me. Thank you for helping me see better. (And the first part of that video is hilarious!)

    • Mel Wild says:

      Amen, I’m with you. We all need to be around believers and those who will push us, provoke us, remind us about who we are and what God is doing, not what He isn’t doing. Relationship is everything in the Kingdom, even on WP! 🙂 You are an encouragement to me too, brother. Blessings.

  2. Oh, Mel, I love the way you deliver the message of the good news. Surely that great cloud of witnesses is rolling in the mist laughing their wings off! 😀

    • Mel Wild says:

      🙂 Thanks. I said up front that I have an iconoclastic bent (Too much Monty Python as a young lad!)
      And besides, I think part of having the fullness of joy in His presence is being able to have some fun with our absurdities. Blessings.

  3. Ben Kilen says:

    Ephesians 1:5-6
    Mirror Word Bible
    4 He associated us in Christ before the fall of the world! Jesus is God’s mind made up about mankind! He always knew in his love that he would present us again face-to-face before him in blameless innocence. (The implications of the fall are completely cancelled out. Paul uses the word, katabalo, meaning “to fall away, to put in a lower place,” instead of themelios, meaning “foundation” [see 2:20]; thus, translated “the fall of the world,” instead of “the foundation of the world,” as in most other translations. God found us in Christ before he lost us in Adam! We are presented in blameless innocence before him! The word, katenopion, suggests the closest possible proximity, face-to-face!)

    5 He is the architect of our design; his heart dream realized our coming of age in Christ. (Adoption here is not what it means in our Western society, it is a coming of age, like the typical Jewish Barmitsva. See Galatians 4:1-6, “ … and to seal our sonship the spirit of his son echoes Abba Father in our hearts.” This is huiothesia.)

    6 His grace-plan is to be celebrated: he greatly endeared us and highly favored us in Christ. His love for his Son is his love for us.
    [Ephesians 1:4-6]
    http://www.mirrorbible.com

    Vs 4 he picked us as his sons and daughters pre dirt

    Vs 5 adoption sometimes brings a feel of the lesser child, look at coming of age or barmitzva instead of adoption. We are full heirs now.

    Vs 6 we are his plan

    • Ben Kilen says:

      Great blog my phone is not cooperating or playing nice.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Amen. Sounds like good news to me! I really liked, “Jesus is God’s mind made up about mankind!” We’re His “pre-dirt” sons and daughters…his plan! Ha! Yes! Thanks for sharing this.

  4. bullroarin says:

    Great post Mel.

    Indeed, the loss of control can be devastating for some…especially some who consider themselves leaders of the religious church et al. The old bag of tricks just don’t do it anymore. Condemnation and the law, once powerful instruments to keep the masses in check, run like water off a ducks back once we understand the reality of grace.
    Nothing shall separate us from the love of God…and so we live!!

    ~ Dave

    ps….and yes I want more because my Father in heaven says that its His good pleasure to give me (us) the kingdom….so why should I (we) settle for less?

    • Mel Wild says:

      Thanks Dave. Good insights here. And I agree. It doesn’t work anymore. The funny thing is, our Father wants to give us more than we could possibly ask or think, and its His power working in us to do so! (Eph.3:20). But orphan hearted religion wants to bury us in false humility, control and fear. Ironically, putting everything intended for us off into the next age when we won’t need it anymore!. So, amen, let’s not settle for less!

  5. TK says:

    Well said. I think you’d find a lot of lost people if modern Christians abandoned the fear that has kept them in check all this time. My father, for one, has told me that, without religion (which isn’t the same thing as God) what would stop us from raping and murdering and doing all that other bad stuff? People who think like that wouldn’t know what to do without the control of fear.

    • Mel Wild says:

      You’re right, TK. But the problem is, Christianity, as a commonly practiced “religion,” hasn’t stopped people from raping and doing bad things. We’ve seen this over and over, even among church leaders. The Law is for sinners, to keep a fence around them, but not for Christians (see 1 Tim.1:8-9). That’s the problem. We’ve been fed this orphan-Christian life through behavior modification and sin-management that doesn’t really work and it doesn’t produce life. This is why Christianity, as a religion, is failing in our culture. The good news is, that’s NOT the good news! And what DOES work is abiding in the love of Christ in the Spirit. For where the Spirit is there is true freedom and and the only control that actually works (being governed by the Spirit).

  6. birdieklh says:

    Bless you my brother – love your gifted sense of humor as you speak forth Truth in such a dynamic way! Thanks for sharing this . . . and, please, sir . . . I want MORE!!!!!

    • Mel Wild says:

      LOL! Thanks for understanding my quirkiness. But sometimes the absurd does makes a point. Blessings to you also. Your comments are much appreciated. Yes, let’s ALL have more! 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s