I am called to be an identifier, a tester of whether something is Jesus or not, not whether it’s good or bad. This is my place of safety. I don’t get to decide what is good or evil, this is knowledge that is way above my pay grade. It’s not my job either. The temptation infused deep within that kind of judging is to play God. To live deciding through human reasonings and opinionated judgments is to live searching for answers through the Tree of Knowledge. This has always been a big no-no for man. I am intended to eat from the Tree of Life, which is Christ, the solid root and heavenly stock.
He is the deciding variable of ALL of life, not my logic. I am to live as a witness of whether things are Christ, my Beloved, or not. Here’s what I’m not to do: go figuring out whether situations, people, and circumstances are good or bad. The question simply is, “Is this Christ?” That is my only question. Do I hear the voice of my Shepherd or do I hear another’s voice?
It’s Not Good or Bad, It’s Jesus or Not?
Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I do not get involved with things too great or too difficult for me.
Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself like a little weaned child with its mother; I am like a little child.
Israel, put your hope in the Lord, both now and forever.
Psalm 131 HCSB
Knowing the answer to this question comes from relationship. If I have no relationship with Jesus Christ, I will have no discernment, only vain human reasonings. I become acquainted with His Voice, His smell, His heartbeat as I remain dependent on Him and through time spent with Him. It is through relationship that I know Him. Spending time – Jesus and me – with Him as my Shepherd.
It’s Not About Intellect, It’s About Jesus or Not
So does not knowing apart from Jesus mean that I am stupid? This doesn’t have anything to do with intellect. It isn’t about knowledge. It’s about Source. And it is about power. If I assume the power to define my world, I will dwell in the mind not the spirit. My spirit listens for Christ’s leading. I am to live in the simple wonder of a child, not as a judge. This is freedom and liberty, not ignorance and limitation. The Lord doesn’t burden me with the task of figuring out whether something is good or bad; He frees me to enter into relationship with Him and to know HIM. It is our union that makes me aware of the world around me, not my logic.
The Purpose of Life
If you know the purpose of all of life, you understand how wondrous this is. My life is designed for increasing my knowledge of Christ; it’s not happenstance. It is for relationship and union with Jesus, not situations. If I leave that goal and purpose, I leave Christ. If I occupy myself with the Tree of Good and Evil, then I am in a dialog with the devil. And the only reason I would do this is for power. In the Garden it was a struggle for power, and that remains true today. Power of knowledge to decide good and bad rather than listening to my Father God. Here is the truth: my only real power in this life is the power of relationship with Jesus. All other power is illegitimate and divergent from the design of Life.
You hem me in, behind and before, and lay Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.
Psalm 139:5, 6 ESV