Life Symphony

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I want to continue writing about John the Baptist and his confinements. In my last post, I discussed that a man can only receive what is given him from heaven. And that the only way we can receive from heaven is through weakness and dependence.

So John was willing to be confined in earthly limitations but given unlimited access to the realms of heaven.  Wow, what a trade up, but one that few embrace. Why? What was the Baptist’s secret?

John lived his life on this earth in another kingdom. His acceptance of his limitations only pushed him into that kingdom. John allowed his God to be God. Because he was willing to be contained in God’s choice of borders, there were no limitations on him in heaven. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist. Yet even the least person in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he is!”  Matthew 11:11

He didn’t have lands or houses, wife or heirs, fancy clothing, tasty delicacies, high earthly position – nothing the world values. He didn’t try to be anything other than what God had assigned to him. He was willing to be satisfied in his restrictions. And because he was willing, he was content.

He brought heaven to earth because he lived in heaven. The only way he could live in heaven was to be satisfied with what he had on earth. Nobody who has their eye set on gain from this world will be content with God.

Because John didn’t box in God but instead was himself boxed in, his reality superseded that box. The Pharisees boxed in God, and were therefore trapped by their confinement of Him.

John allowed God to be God, hence he was unlimited. He was like refined oil, reduced to the essence, bringing a life-giving fragrance for heaven.

It’s an irony. When you limit the Creator, you as the creation are limited. When you restrict God, you will BE restricted. We want to receive the expansion without the cost of the limitation.

If you looked humanly at John, he had nothing. He was never to have children, never to have a heritage. He had no vocation as priest like his father. He was a wild man out in the desert, considered a lunatic by the religious of the day.

God assigned to him a handicap. A limitation. God imprisoned John to Himself. But John was willing to be imprisoned, so he had all of God.

When the wind is contained in the flute, it can bring forth music. When the wind is confined and directed, it has purpose. Because it’s harnessed, the wind can bring beauty and form, where otherwise it would be a soundless, floating nothing. If a person will be contained within the mind of his Creator, their life can bring forth a life symphony.

That’s what I see about John; he was willing to be contained. Minimized. Restricted. Bound. Therefore he was not.

Because John was reduced, he soared. His life was made an amazing symphony orchestrated by His magnificent God.

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  • Posted by Pauline
    July 17, 2013 at 2:13 am

    “When the wind is contained in the flute, it can bring forth music…If a person will be contained within the mind of his Creator, their life can bring forth a symphony.” What a poetic, simple – yet profound illustration the Holy Spirit gave you, John. Thank you for receiving it and giving it away!

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    Posted by Tina
    July 16, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    It is all about a choice to let God be God in the moments of my day and life and to stay at peace in the circumstances of the moment. Once I found His peace I am learning to walk only in it. When I get out of it I enter into a world which I had once tried to manage, figure out and control, the result is instance confusion and chaos. I quickly run back to His safety and peace and set my eyes on Him. He in His mercy brought me through enough hell that I cannot live anywhere but in His peace. The longer I taste His goodness the quicker I remember to return. When you grow up and never know peace, never know love, never allow it to enter our of fear, control etc. Once you find His love and peace even just a touch you keep returning. Without faith in His Sovereignty I would never have found the path of life. I pray to continue to submit myself to His limitations with joy. I count all behind me as worthless…in Paul’s words “dung” haha.

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    Posted by Majaunta
    July 16, 2013 at 8:10 am

    “He was willing to be satisfied in his restrictions. And because he was willing, he was content.”…”He was a wild man out in the desert, considered a lunatic by the religious of the day.

    God assigned to him a handicap. A limitation. God imprisoned John to Himself. But John was willing to be imprisoned, so he had all of God.”… I needed this one today….how easily we limit God in the very circumstances He assigns us to.

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    Posted by pearl
    July 16, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Losing my life…to gain it, dying to live!
    I still fight against this confinement…so it seems, but in that confinement is
    the true freedom. What a paradox, we become what we really are in His
    confinement! For example, a pearl in nature is “boxed” in and in that sense “becoming” or being made into what she truly is! It’s the opposite of
    the worlds views on success! Thank you for these insights,so much to ponder and apply! Lord help me “stay” put in your box you’ve placed me, for it is there I will become all you desire!

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    Posted by Sam
    July 16, 2013 at 5:53 am

    So true John. So (diminishing) true to John, and so (expandingly) true to God… and to John in last stance too.

    Probably you saw this, but when reading your blog, I looked intently at the word “receive.”

    “A man can only PRODUCE what is given him from heaven?”

    NO.

    “A man can only RECEIVE what is given him from heaven.”

    Which means, you can only RECEIVE if you take your life from His Hand.
    Otherwise you PRODUCE, at which we humans have developed expertise.

    So, if you receive (I think it was Martha saying, “the most difficult thing in the world”) you live in His Hand, out of His Hand, because of His Hand.

    The only person that receives is the one feeding from above. All the rest is just a product of ourselves or a fake of true receiving.

    Love!

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