A passage of scripture in the New Testament that is heard often at funerals to give comfort to grieving loved ones is:
"Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart
of man the things that God has prepared for those who love Him."
1 Cor.2:9 (NKJV)
This verse is also heard in church as well, when the sermon text is about heaven. But in context, the passage goes on to say:
"But God has revealed them to us by His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes the deep things of God. " 1Cor.2:10 (NKJV)
The passage is not telling us about heaven, but rather what God is doing here and now through those who love Him. I had no idea that God would ever use me, and use my experiences, to help other alcoholis and addicts. My eyes wouldn't see into the future, how I may ever be free of my problem drinking. My ears wouldn't hear talk of living to serve someone other than mysef. But when I came to the end of myself, when I hit the bottom, and I surrendered, His Spirit lead me to this point. I began to see things with the eyes of the Spirit, as my love for God grew. My ears became receptive to His Word, and my understanding changed because the Spirit resides on the inside of my innermost self. I told God that I had lived my life for myself long enough, and asked Him to use me for others until my time here is over. He has revealed slowly what He has prepared for me. And it's deep.
Now I realize that everyone that reads my blog are not believers yet. Many things I talk about probably sound strange. When I lived outside of the grace of God, I didn't want anything to do with religious talk, or hear about liberty in Christ. If I accepted truth when living for myself, I would have to alter my ways. I knew the scripture, I would, even in a drunken stupor, hear passages in my head. If a passage from the Bible was quoted on a TV show or a movie, I would get teary-eyed. But many in our society have never heard anything about God's love, the Bible, or the sacrifice Jesus made to cover their sins, and put them in right standing with God. It's foolish to them.
"But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of
God, they are foolishness to him, nor can he know them, they
are spiritually discerned." 1Cor.2:14 (NKJV)
God couldn't reveal the deep things to me, even though I knew the Word, until I surrendered to Him. It has taken time, but little by little, He has given a little more, then a little more. I do not regret one moment of what I lost by giving up. How about you? If you're bouncing off of walls in life, and have no idea what to do with yourself, try surrender to Him. You may lose some friends who aren't ready to give up. You may be called a fanatic. But you'll gain direction in life. You'll gain a friend like none you have ever known. And you'll gain a place of eternal beauty and adventure, where eyes and ears have never heard the sounds we'll hear, nor seen the incredible beauty of. Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all, Keith.