On the Journey Toward Christ

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I've been a follower of Christ for a long time (over half my life), but have grown the most in the last 3-4 years; I am at a place where I feel settled in my life; I cultivate peace (or try to). While I am still up for adventure, I don't do drama (for drama's sake). I rarely talk politics, not because government is unimportant but because government does not have the answers mankind seeks.

I am a writer and teacher by nature; working on my own commentary series in several of the New Testament books. In reality, I'm just an ordinary guy who really loves Christ and wants to see everyone possible come to know His love and grace, to quit striving to be "good enough." There is something radically life-changing about the Gospel, and I want to share it with as many people as possible!

If you are interested, I am an "Advocate" (INFJ-A) personality.

I am not one to get into endless debates, but there are fundamental truths that are deeply important to me. If you are one who identifies first with a particular denomination rather than the name of Christ, then we likely will end up clashing. If the idea of someone encouraging you to revisit your perspectives on things bothers you, we likely will end up clashing. If you seek His truth above all else, including your own thoughts and perceptions, then we just might get along well.

I have been a believer for over 27 years now. The last five years have seen more growth in my faith and character than at any other time period. (As some of us know, that mostly has to do with the things we have to go through to forge a true, deep faith.) My perspectives have been broadened, but my convictions have only been deepened. Like all of us, I have had moments of crisis in my faith. Some (certainly not all) of the Scriptures that I hold onto these days include:

Isaiah 61:1-4
John 6:37
Romans 5:3-5; 8:28

Though my perspectives have been broadened, there are some truths (see previous answer) that I do not compromise on.

* Any form of legalism - This includes keeping the law or a set of rules as a means of attaining or keeping salvation. We who are believers keep Christ's commandments because it is who we are. We have been changed, given a new heart that desires to obey Him.
* Any form of self-righteousness - This includes doing any act as a means of obtaining favor with God. We, in ourselves, have nothing to offer Him that He does not already have.

The above may seem harsh. It's just the truth. I'm a reasonable guy. If you'd like to "discuss" any of those points, then feel free to ask, or read my books or my blog :) (Those are great places to get to know me and what I'm really all about, by the way.)

Let me first relate my purpose for being here. If you don't know the story of George Mueller, he ran an orphanage in England in the 1800s. The orphanage was ran solely on faith--he never asked anyone for any money or donations. And God always provided. The stories from that are simply amazing. His sole purpose for starting the orphanage was to see the glory of God displayed. He asked the question, "What would happen, what would God do if this were done simply for His glory alone?" Even compassion for the children (which he had in abundance) came second to seeing God's glory. Why do I relate that story? Because that is the question I am asking myself: "What would happen, what would He do, if I were in a relationship with someone for the purpose of displaying His glory through the relationship?" That is my purpose in this.

Second, I am going to be intentional in looking for a spouse. Life is too short to take things for granted. I am a bit old-fashioned, a traditionalist if you will. Getting to know someone requires intentional effort, as does pursuing someone in a Godly way. And you are worth that.

I do have things that draw me more to a person. Those things involve the heart and personality far more than outward appearance. While many talk of 'chemistry,' true chemistry starts with a connection that goes deeper than the physical. If I am attracted to your heart and personality, chances are good that I will be attracted to you physically. The problem is that many of us in the church start with the physical, and that's not the way of the Lord (1 Sam. 16:7).

These are the top three things:

A sense of hmor is a real key. I try not to take myself or life too seriously (yes I do laugh at myself). If we can laugh together, even in the midst of difficulties, that says a lot.

A heart of compassion and service to others. I have been called to minister to and serve others, and the support of one wich a similar heart/calling allows us to support each other, grow together and serve together.

A heart set on seeking His will above all else. No matter what happens, we find the most peace when we set ourselves to seek, know, and obey His will. This requires engaging with the Scriptures and engaging with the Holy Spirit as He searches our hearts and speaks into our lives.

Notice I said nothing about "salvation" or "the authority of Scripture." Those are assumed by me. The greatest commandment is that we love God love others, and we cannot fulfill that commandment if we are not born again and are not committed to the authority of Scripture in our lives.

Still, what I've said leaves room for discussion. That's the point of all this, isn't it? To get to know someone? Then let's begin.

Though I do not see you, I know some of your characteristics. You are one who loves Christ ans has been transformed by Him. You have been "gracefully broken" by Him and surrendered to His will. Not perfect, but devoted. You know what it is to see a vision from the mountaintop and struggle to see Him in the valley. And you know He has more out there for you.

The Greatest Commandments: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. . . . You shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Mark 12:30). this is what we are called to do above all else. Keep in mind that

"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things" (1 Cor. 13:4-7)

This is what makes it greater than all else. As we communicate with others, let us ask ourselves if we are communicating in such a way as to show this kind of love.
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