“The Spirit entered me and set me on my feet…” – Ezekiel 2:2

God overtook the horizon itself and appeared to Ezekiel in rushing north winds and flames of lightning. The Spirit approached Ezekiel and was FORCED to set him upright because Ezekiel, of course, was on the ground.

Our American Christianity loves STANDING up. We love to preach and post about our identity as standers and walkers for Jesus Christ. But, we avoid mentioning the kneeling and penitence of wrath and justice. We write of the capitalistic drive for destiny but never declare the abhorrence of evil in each carnal man’s mind. We post to everyone from Romans 8 while never crying in private over Romans 1 through 7. We preach what we’re being saved for but fail to mention what we’re being saved from.

It was the Spirit who set Ezekiel upright, not Ezekiel himself. Ezekiel bowed. Ezekiel feared. Ezekiel was then required to stand. Humility always precedes honor and, is by definition, humble even if honor never comes.

To be brought up by the Spirit, you must choose to bow low. For from your KNEES, the Spirit will quickly come and say, “Stand for God is speaking.” Certainly, Christ’s yoke is easy and burden light, but you must still make your choice as to whether you will shoulder that yoke and carry that burden.

Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our Church. We are fighting today for costly grace. Cheap grace means grace sold on the market like cheapjacks’ wares. the sacraments, the forgiveness of sin, and the consolations of religion are thrown away at cut prices. Grace is represented as the Church’s inexhaustible treasury, from which she showers blessings with generous hands, without asking questions or fixing limits. Grace without price; grace without cost! – Bonhoeffer, 1937

 

Posted by Anthony Wood

Anthony is Pastor of Mission Bible Church in Tustin, CA, and has authored the books Defining Church & Defining Family. He’s married to Bre, and they have three children. More @AnthonyGeneWood

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