Got a Question for You

Written by  Dawn Cole Wednesday, 01 July 2015
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Have you ever asked God questions?  I believe He actually loves answering questions.  Conversations are constructed out of questions and answers.  Have you ever had lunch with someone and felt like the conversation was work?  You know, you ask a question and get a “yes” or “no” answer.  Sometimes, we would prefer God to answer us in a simple “yes” or “no” but instead He often answers our questions with a question.  Why would He do that to us?  Because you are the object of His greatest affection and He wants to spend more time with you than would be involved if He just said, “yes” or “no” and He is not interested in just giving us orders or directing us as one of His loyal subjects.

There are lots of questions we have for God. Have you ever asked Him this question, “What is wrong with me”?  If you would just tell me what is wrong I can “fix” it and move on.  I find that He doesn’t usually answer that question the way I would.  If I asked me that question, I could list many things that are wrong.  But, He isn’t going to answer that question.  Why?  Because the truth is there isn’t anything “wrong” with you.  There isn’t anything about us so grievous that He has to put on His supernatural sunglasses so He can stand to look at us.  How can this be?  I have news for you, you are dead!  Not the news you were expecting?  Well, maybe not, but it is the reality of who you are.  Now what I am not saying is that we are lifeless and without hope for a bright future.  Actually, because we are dead we have access to both of those.  We are dead to sin and our old man and alive to God.  The paradox of the gospel is that we can be fully dead and fully alive at the same time.  To quote a famous theologian, “How can it be”?

So the question, really becomes, “Why do I want to hang out with my dead self instead of my new self”?  We spend so much time beating ourselves up over our shortcomings because we believe that God is focused on them.  That somehow He just can’t get past them.  They are blinding Him.  How far is that from the truth?  On the contrary, the very reason He won’t ever answer the question, “What is wrong with me”? is because He really isn't interested in hanging out with your dead self either.  He has this thing about life and life abundant.

Romans encourages us that we were co-buried and entombed with Christ so that when He was raised from the dead we were raised with Him.  We have been co-resurrected with Him so that we could be empowered to express an entirely new life (Rom. 6:4 TPT)  The gift of Jesus has given us access to “life”.  Living is not being able to do whatever I want, life is being free to live life in a way that continuously brings our Father pleasure.  That kind of life is no longer plagued by the question, “what is wrong with me?”, but rather because all is right with me, how can I live and experience everything that He offers me? How can I celebrate my freedom and enjoy being completely new?  I am no longer defined by the old me, I am a person of possibility because of the new me.  Life really does have the potential to be abundant.

Jesus did not come simply to fix your brokenness, He came to give you a brand new life.  This new life doesn’t come with hangups and weak spots.  Now what I am not saying is that we always live up to the fulness of this new man.  The old man loves to hang around and demands our attention.  Life’s journey isn’t about living broken and weak, it is about learning to walk in the fullness of our new identity.  Does that mean we will never experience brokenness or weakness?  No, but the promise of God is that in those times when we don’t realize how complete His work in us is or when life throws us a curve ball, we can rest in His completeness.  He gets to quietly carry us through, not because there is something wrong with us, but because He loves being with us in relationship.

All of God’s heart and plan for humanity can be summed up in one word “Love”.  Love isn’t about looking for right and wrong, but rather is all about life.  It is about life free from fear, anxiety, worry, stress, performance, striving, should I go on?  How can we possibly have access to that kind of life?  His love began this thing and  His love will sustain it and His love has ultimately finished it.   There is nothing in the universe that has the power to diminish His love for us.

So the question becomes, “What does my new man look like and how can I learn to live in my new identity”?  Ask Him for a pair of “new man” glasses, then maybe you will see what He sees when He looks at you.  Jesus has a way of making us all look fabulous - no Photoshop required because He doesn’t just change the outside appearance, He transforms the inside. Ask your Papa to take you on a journey of Love.  Oh and let Him ask you a few questions along the way too!

Last modified on Wednesday, 26 August 2015
Dawn Cole

Dawn Cole

Dawn Cole, along with her husband Tim, serves as the Lead Pastor of Destiny Community Church in Lexington KY.  An author, teacher, and prophetic voice, Dawn's motto is "there's got to be more!"

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