Searching christian

24 09 2011

This post is dedicated to give hope to the searching, frustrated, disillusioned, and hurting Christians out there, who might have been tossed on the church garbage heap. For those of us who have had their fill of Christ-less performance driven “churchianity” and “religion”. For those of us whose sole purpose for living – is to know Him – Christ in us.

To help you understand how you have got to this dry barren place spiritually, I remember as a young boy, asking my parents if I was adopted. I think it is a question that many of us may have asked as children at some time or other on the road to adulthood. What led me to ask the question you may ask? I needed to know for certain who my real parents were. It was a deep need of mine because if I knew who my parents were, then I could know who I was. It was an answer that would determine my destiny as far as my identity was concerned.

I have heard of parents who adopted little children from orphanages, and brought up these children as their own. These orphans were loved and cared for just as much, if not more, than biological children. They were given a chance and a future and most of all, a loving family. When the adopted child reaches a certain age of maturity, the adoptive parents face a very difficult question, “should we tell our adlopted child that he/she is adopted?” This question is a very serious one because its implications are far-reaching and life changing. After the parents tell their adopted child that they were indeed adopted, very often mixed feelings of hurt and rejection surface in the child’s psyche. The child feels like they have been lied to and that they were never wanted and were thrown away by their biological parents. The child can become very upset and angry with his adoptive parents because of this life changing news. It also results in many unanswered questions. Questions like, “Why was I abandoned?” and “why didn’t they want me?”

After some time, when the child becomes old enough, they normally set out on a quest to discover who their biological parents are. These quests cause many mixed emotions because it may take several years of frustrating searching.  Their need to know their parents for themselves is such a deep need, that even if it takes a lifetime, they will never give up searching.

Although this very simplified story, it is not limited to the natural orphans and their adoptive families. What do I mean by this? What I mean is that the outcome of this story is a worldwide “phenomenon”, in church circles. All over the world, “spiritual children”, that have been brought up in loving homes – “churches”, are discovering for themselves that their “spiritual parents” as they have been taught – pastors etc, are not their real spiritual parents.

Heb 12:9 MKJV  ….. Shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?  & 1 John 3:1-2. We have a deep need to know our Father who birthed us! 1 Jn 3:9

This leads to extreme emotions of hurt and even anger because they have believed that this family that they have been brought up in, was all there was to the “Christian life”. They have been fed in this home, taught in this home, chastened, and loved in these homes. It has been comfortable to live in these homes – up to now. But deep within our hearts, frustration begins to build and we enter the spiritual adolescent phase. A phase where we no longer fit in. We long for more. We long for the new. We begin to question, to disagree with the religious system that we have become a part of. We may even have been subtly threatened by the powers that be.

This “adolescent stage” is a very difficult age to deal with because we have discovered that we have such a deep need to know our true Father. We are no longer satisfied and content only to know a guardian. We need to know our Father for ourselves. This frustration has led to children leaving the “safety” and confines of their “religious church home” and going on quests to know their Father – personally and intimately. They are not satisfied with “what sounds good”, and “feels good” any longer. They have a desperate insatiable hunger deep in their innermost being, to know their Father. Knowing “about” their Father is no longer sufficient. Knowing what their Father does and has done is not enough. The only thing that will suffice, will be knowing Him personally. Knowing Him for themselves.

This is why Paul said this: Php 3:8 KJV  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

Paul went to the desert of Arabia to discover the truth for himself. And in the desert, the driest hardest place on earth, God revealed His Son Christ to Paul. He revealed that Christ was not out there somewhere. God the Father, revealed that Christ lived inside of him.

In closing this message: We have all been placed in a “home”, that takes care of us until we reach the age of adulthood. At God’s appointed time, He will reveal to us that there is so much more to what we have been taught.

Eph 4:11-15 KJV And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  (12) For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: (13) Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:  (14)  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;  (15)  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: For more on growing up into spiritual adulthood, please follow this link

Christians all over are on this quest, to know their Father. We are on a quest to live in our Father’s house. We have a new home……… a home with our Father.

Joh 14:1-3 KJV Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.(2) In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so,I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.(3)And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am,there ye may be also.

Gal 3:23-26 KJV  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.  (24)  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.  (25)  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.  (26)  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

 Gal 4:1-7 MKJV  But I say, Over so long a time the heir is an infant, he does not differ from a slave, though being lord of all;  (2)  but he is under guardians and housemasters until the term appointed before by the father.  (3)  Even so we, when we were infants, were in bondage under the elements of the world.  (4)  But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, coming into being out of a woman, having come under Law,  (5)  that He might redeem those under Law, so that we might receive the adoption of sons.  (6)  And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.  (7)  So that you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, also an heir of God through Christ.

Praise Him!!!



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