BUDDY INSTALLMENT 25


Chapter 15

 

One night She appeared again. When he saw her beautiful face he pulled back in shock. Then he looked over at Joyce. She was sleeping peacefully. “Let her be, Earl, She said. “It’s you I want to speak with. It’ll be one of the last chances I’ll have to talk with you like this for a long time.”

 

Her words dejected Earl. “Don’t look so downcast,” She told him. “I told you about this before. I know you’ll miss Me, but We gave you Joyce for companionship, comfort and support. It is to her that you now must look. What you two will accomplish together will give Us great joy, for it fits right in with the way We designed you.”

 

Is that why her therapy was so painful?”

 

Sadly, yes. Believe me, We weren’t happy letting that happen. But she needed to be strengthened for the sake of what you two are going to do together.”

 

Will our lives be happy?”

 

That’s up to you. But I’ll give you a little hint.” She winked. “Yes. Much of the time.”

 

What will You have us do, Wisdom?”

 

I have given you a rare and precious gift, an insight into Our Trinitarian nature. It is an understanding that, up to a short time ago was virtually unknown in the Christian community. Of course, that also means that the rest of the world doesn’t possess it either.”

 

You mean that I’m alone with this?”

 

No. Not at all. Many other people were given this gift at pretty much the same time that you were. But you’re scattered about, and each of you has the same job, which is to share this same gift with your fellow men and women.”

 

But why? Why didn’t you just give everybody the same gift that you gave us?”

 

Ah, but that’s not the way We operate. When you’ve become more intimately acquainted with Scripture, you’ll see a pattern running through it of men performing God’s work, like Isaac, Joseph and a host of others representing the Jesus who was to eventually appear in the flesh. You’ll like the reason we’ve done it that way: so that mankind himself gets to participate in God’s great plan of salvation and love. We’ve included you in our game plan, Earl. You’re intimately involved in it. But then the gift will propagate, so that those who understand your message will be given other gifts, and so on, so that a very large number of your fellow Christians will also enjoy an intimate involvement with God.”

 

That’s big. Huge, in fact. I’m not sure that a lot of people understand that.”

 

Many don’t. But the ones in whom we’re interested do.”

 

Thanks for the privilege. I’m ready to do it.”

 

You will. But keep in mind one little item. It’s going to be a costly endeavor for you. You’re going to come up against opposition, some of it hate-filled. You’ll find that you have to lean on us pretty heavily to get through it. But the kind of opposition you’ll be experiencing is common to every person who’s been given a task like yours. Just remember that you aren’t the first to go through the heat. Jesus said that if He did it, and he did, magnificently, His disciples also would. There’s a passage in Hebrews Chapter Eleven that’s particularly appropriate. Listen well to it:

“’And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edged of the sword; whose weakness was turned into strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put into prison. They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated – the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.’

 

That little background tidbit brings me to the main reason as to why I’m here. As to specifics: I’m going to move you to read and digest particular passages of Scripture that have to do with your gift, which is knowledge imparted to you about our family-structured interrelationship. Then you’ll be moved to write about your findings. After that is the hard part: you’ll be sharing your findings with others through a blog on the Internet. You’ll get some reactions to it that you wouldn’t believe if you didn’t experience the rants. Most of them will be coming from those who consider themselves to be good Christians. But you’ll also reach those for whom the message is intended.”

 

I’m ready to do this, but I can’t figure out why a person, especially a Christian, would be against learning more about God, and more so because it would help him to love God in a way that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.”

 

Oh, there are reasons. Lots of them. I’ll give you a few. There’s the ‘NIH’ factor, for one.”

 

You mean ‘Not Invented Here”? I used to come up against that all the time at work. I wouldn’t have thought that kind of self-serving reaction would have any place in the Christian community.”

 

You’d be surprised. There are lots of so-called ‘Christians’ who look upon their ‘Christianity’ as a kind of exclusive social club. They’ll be particularly antagonistic to a member of their immediate group who seems to have a message that they themselves didn’t receive directly from God, because that would mean that they weren’t Number One in God’s list of favorites. Despite the negative reaction, a confrontation like you’ll be giving them is good for them. Many of them actually are Christians, but they need to get knocked down some so that they’ll be useful to Us. Ego just doesn’t have a place in Our plan, for Us or for you.

 

Another reason why you’ll be facing opposition is a problem with the menfolk. It’s just plain male chauvinism. Even many women go along with it. The thought here is that a woman’s place is in the home and certainly not within the Godhead. Like the ‘NIH’ factor, its root cause is pride. You’d be surprised, given what Scripture has to say on the subject, that there are so many Christians, among whom are a large number of pastors and other church leaders, who continue to be slaves to pride.”

 

I’d like to see what Scripture says about pride. Where do I look?”

 

The first thing you want to do tomorrow is get on the Internet with the keyword “Bible Concordance”. Be sure that you make the selection that tracks your own Bible, the King James Version. Then all you’d have to do is look up the word ‘pride’ and go to the listed references. You might have to work some and think of different words that mean the same, like ‘proud’. For the sake of giving you an answer to your question, I’ll start you off with a few representative references. Psalm 101 verse 5 reads

 

“’Whoso privily slandereth his neighbor, him will I cut off; him that hath a high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.’

 

Then there’s Proverbs 16 verse 5, which says

 

“’Every one who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.’

 

Mary, in reciting her Magnificat, said, according to Luke 1 verses 51 and 52

 

“’He hath shown strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.’

 

 

 

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