Wake up Child it’s your time to shine

I can hear the footsteps of my king
I can hear his heartbeat beckoning
In my darkness he has set me free
Now i hear the spirit calling me

He’s calling wake up child it’s your turn to shine
You were born for such a time as this
He’s calling wake up child it’s your turn to shine
You were born for such a time as this
Such a time as this – Jake Hamilton, The Anthem

For those who share a love for classical music, most have acknowledged and marveled at the obvious God-given gift placed in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Anyone who has seriously studied his life will quickly discern that a totally unexplainable gift of grace was given him in the form of music. It surely was not his discipline or dedication to the art that made him famous. Standing in the shadows of Mozart’s great gift was a very jealous Antonin Saleri, who by the way hated the very air that Mozart breathed. It was Saleri who saw the incarnation of grace in Mozart’s life and vowed to destroy him at any cost. His tactic was to get Mozart to doubt the gift that God had placed in him.

This is the same tactic that is predominantly used by the religious system today. They either fear our gifts or try to hide them from us. The worst thing that can ever happen to us is for our focus to be galvanized on our inadequacy. Nelson Mandela made this quote during the abolition of apartheid in South Africa:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

I have come to believe over the years that the greatest scheme of the religious system is not the ploy of prestige, fame, or popularity but rather the use of self-rejection. When we believe the deceptive voices that call us failures, worthless or abandoned [my subconscious] I inadvertently say I am no good … I am nobody. This of course stands in direct violation to fact that we are the beloved of God.

1 Thes 1:4 (Message)
It is clear to us, friends,that God not only loves you very much but also has put his hand on you for something special.

No matter what your struggles are, we all have the commonality of the grace of God as revealed in the life of Jesus Christ. Our journey invites us to be distinctively ourselves. The community that Jesus creates is one of honesty where we can be real with each other. In this safe place of community we should find freedom to pursue an unscripted life. The truth is Christians are not searching for another sermon telling them what they need to do … they could care less. We all long for a relational and emotional connection to a Life that really works. We are all longing for moments of simplicity and awe. We long for, really long for Jesus to come to us the same way life comes to us every day. We are tired of a religious culture that perpetuates fear and prevents us from shining with the grace that we were all created to display.

Live Loved – Bert

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Extravagant Grace exists for the purpose of unveiling the person of Jesus and liberating people with New Covenant realities, based entirely on what happened at the Cross of Calvary.
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