Unhitching from the Crazy Train Part 4
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Lesson 7: The Vulnerability of Rest
The invitation of Jesus: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Use Paul’s prayers in Ephesians 1:18, 19 (The Message) and ask God to instruct you as you commune with Him: “I ask – ask the God of our master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory – to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing Him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what He is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life He has for His followers. Oh, the utter extravagance of His work in us how trust Him – endless energy, boundless strength!” … In what ways have you stiff-armed His invitation to rest in Him as you have pursued the elusive and temporal rest of attaining your picture (your exhausting provision rather than the life-giving Provider’s provision)? We are sons and daughters of the king – our provision is covered and our righteousness is guaranteed. What rescues us from the Crazy Train? Remember who we are and remember the Gospel.
The rest Christ offers infuses us with life.
His rest is not from work, but is rest in His work, rather than in the futility of our own efforts. Released from the burden of attaining life on our own, we are lightened in a way that allows us to live freely!
“Come” – to those who’ve forgotten the Gospel and are striving for themselves and their picture. Take His yoke and switch master from self to Savior, from small picture to big picture. I am incompetent and unashamed. We learn how to do life by communing with Him, and as we do this our minds and hearts and vision are transformed.
Focus on Who Jesus Is:
Jesus is gentle, meek, & lowly in heart, as one who possesses all power and authority yet lays it aside to go low. He puts aside His power because He wants our hearts and not our performance, and our love and not fear. Submission means coming up underneath. The price of rest is vulnerability, and you must trust the One whom you are giving authority. If you are having difficulty releasing to Him admit it now and don’t wait. Pray something like this, “I’ve put the wrong face on you Jesus, show me your true face.” Get into the Word and ask the Spirit to get it into your soul.
Jesus says He will give you rest – support and sustain you, NOT I will hold you hand and sing you to sleep. BUT, I will get you out of bed and out of your exhaustion, and I’ll give you the Spirit of life and you’ll be stayed with vital activity. You don’t have to panic with your small picture. You can relax now. I’ll take you beyond your picture. You are a child and you don’t have to worry about your small picture any longer! Open your hand in the picture and stop striving for it.
The Fastest Way to Get on the Crazy Train:
The POINT: if you allow anyone or yourself to define what it is you need, you are attached to the Crazy Train. You have no other option because you have to make life work by yourself. BUT the Father says to Trust Me for what you need. Now you are released to do what it is that you are called to do…beyond your picture… seek the bigger things.
God says to find your treasure in Him, not in the things of this world that we can manage. The mark of maturity is when we take God at His word and say, “I Don’t understand, but I know you’re at work. What are you doing and where do I belong in that? How do I build Your kingdom in this place or situation? Don’t lose your way in the little things you trust in (they are like a vapor and can change any minute). You are meant for something bigger!
“So the Lord must wait for you to come to Him so He can show you His love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for His help.” Isaiah 30:18
Lesson 8: But the Crazy Trains Keep Coming
So often when we end a study, we feel the pressure to “get it.” However, the invitation from Jesus to take His yoke and learn from Him is clearly not a quick-fix program designed to improve our performance. We want to be less controlling, We want to be more restful. We want to remain unhitched from the Crazy Train. While these are worthy goals, we must remember that they are the fruit which can only be cultivated as we continue to “keep company” with Jesus, our Teacher and Redeemer. “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 We must delight in Him (be in His Word) and remain attentive to His voice and aware or His movement and direction in our lives. Do not seek change itself. Seek Jesus, As you remain yoked to Him, you will indeed experience profound transformation, but more than that you will experience relationship that enables you to rest.
This was not a class on finding balance in your life. That belief is what made you weary and heavy-laden to begin with.
What do you do when everything in your picture is out of your control?
You either 1. Shame our desire and detach. 2. Corralling and trying to control (thinking A+B should equal C, theology of good choices).
There is a difference between being deeply impacted by people and circumstances and being defined by people and circumstances. There is a difference also to see where Christ is moving in your circumstances AND defining God by whether or not your circumstances are good.
We must always remember and hold in our heart and heads the Gospel truths:
- I am an heir. I am a son/daughter. My Father will provide for me.
- I now have the righteousness of Christ. When HE looks at me that is what He sees. I do not have to earn it.
Instead of looking at your picture, look to the Father and ask, “Father, what have you called me to in this? What is my role in this?” When we put on our Gospel glasses, it causes our pictures to get into proper proportion to the rest of what God is doing in our lives. We know that He is good, and He is sovereign. It is not a denial of what I long for. It is a proper placement of my desire, and the highest is to love, obey, and glorify the Father.
As we lose our lives systematically for His sake, we find them, The process of unhitching from the crazy trains begins when we answer Jesus, Come to ME all who are weary and heavy laded, those who are done trying to corral and redirect the crazy train themselves. “Are you done yet?<” He whispers. He invites us to take off our yoke and come up under His. This means I switch masters from myself to my Savior. I embrace that I am incompetent and unashamed. I understand that I am not designed to be in my own yoke, but I am designed to be in the yoke of the Father. The longer I am a believer the weaker I become, the more I see how much I need Jesus and this is MATURITY. We will be like Paul when he embraced his weakness, because in this we find Jesus and rest.
You are always in that platform and those trains will come. Strength is found in rooting yourself in Jesus and spending time in His word. Do the work and take the time to learn the voice of the Shepherd. Read scripture every day, and make a hobby of memorizing scripture to hold in your heart and brain. Pray “Jesus what are you doing and where are you? Not Jesus, do this.” Jesus sometimes tells us to wait.
Finding Strength to Get Off the Crazy Train
Strength is found in rooting yourself in Jesus so that when the train comes at 90 mph you are not found singing “trust and obey the sun will come out tomorrow.” Jesus gets it. He is not a weird and ethereal type who you strive to become but wouldn’t want to have a cup of coffee with. When that train comes down, when I feel a lump, when I hear of downsizing or the Cancer word, the ground begins to shake and it is scary. But this is our call…come. As we come, we get under His yoke and He says come and learn from Me. Begin to see and read My hand in your life. Stop directing my hand in your life.
The what? My life becomes a matter of reading God’s hand through all the things right in front of me. As I give myself to the bigger picture (momentary affliction of produce eternal glory beyond all comparison), I gain energy. We look not at the things which are seen (our picture) but at that which is unseen, and do not lose heart!
It doesn’t mean that we don’t see the reality of our life for what it is and we are not impacted by it, for good or bad. It means we don’t stay there. We don’t define life by this. Julie’s picture was blown to smithereens by her son Brent’s cancer. His cancer does not have to make sense. She saw her reality but asked Jesus what it was He was teaching her. He was teaching her to live in the moment. In moments she can see His hand and see that He has drawn her to something bigger and she can give herself to that. She can see Him in the moment. As she sees His character, she will trust Him faster the next time. Her faith grows as she sees His character and continues to spend time with Him. She sees His character as she has learned to read Him and she has learned to read Him because she communes with Him.
Pray for the Holy Spirit’s Guidance
Only the Spirit can get this material from your head to your heart. You are not responsible for your sanctification, but you have a role to play in it. This role is to show up, process with Jesus: where do I go from here and what does that look like?
Because of Him, we no longer must strive to perform better. It is finished, We are “in.” We didn’t earn our place, we don’t have to strive to keep it, and we can never lose it. In addition, we now have the hope that we can really unhitch, and keep unhitching, from the Crazy Train so that we may run more freely the race set before us.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 in NIV
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