Ted Dekker has been my favorite author for years. Each and every one of his novels have forced me to relook at things in a different way, thus changing my perception of how I look at things, especially when it comes to how I look at myself.
He recently released some meditations called, “The Forgotten Way.” I could barely get through the introduction without being challenged yet again! I was so moved by this particular passage that I have to share it!
I understood that my journey as one in the Way of Jesus now is primarily to see with new eyes who I truly am, as the son of a Father who does not condemn me and who loves me far more than I could have comprehended. I was His son, remade in His likeness, flowing with more beauty and power that I had thought possible.
My journey wasn’t becoming more than I was, because I was already complete. Rather, it was to awaken to or see who I was because when and as I did that, I found myself rushing to my Father’s table where his fruits were peace, love and power in limitless abundance.
It is as Jesus taught; our eye (perception) is the lamp of our body (earthly experience). If we see clearly, our earthly experience is full of light, but if our perception isn’t clear, the light within us is dark, and how deep is that darkness. We are the light of the world, but we cover up that truth and so cannot see it. This is why Jesus came to bring sight to the blind. He came to bring sight to me!
I also discovered that the only way I could see (and be) who I truly am in this life is to let go of my attachment to all other identities. However alluring they are, they only block my sight to who I already am in the light.
As I see who I am as my Father’s son and His extravagant love for me, my natural experience and expression of life always leads to a staggering kind love, on earth as it is in heaven, right now, right here. Your kingdom come, you will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
I’m going to be chewing on this for a while. Do I see myself as the scriptures say? Not yet…. But I’m getting there….