Today I am writing from Spain. I started today with the G42 Leadership group in embarking on a journey in New Covenant Realities. I am looking forward to all that God is going to do this week. I know we will have an encounter with the Holy Spirit in a wonderful way.
The community of God has a foundation of mercy and grace. Something in all of us should be like a little child. We should always know we have a Father who loves us and our sins are forgiven. This is a powerful revelation, but this by itself is not an understanding of grace. It is an understanding of mercy. Knowing we have a Father who loves us and our sins are forgiven is enough for us to know God’s heart for who we are, but only the presence God’s Spirit in our lives can cause us to become who we were meant to be. How we were born naturally is not the true testimony of who we were meant to be supernaturally. We had to be born again in Christ to find God’s grace that transforms our lives to become who and what God says we are to be. We should desire to be different than who we used to be. Who we are outside of Christ is not who we were meant to be in Christ. It is not true to the character, nature, way, power, or authority of a son or daughter of God. It is only a testimony of being a son or daughter of man outside of Christ. We were meant to be the likeness and the image of God in human form. When we become the likeness and the image of God we become the testimony of God’s influence in all that we are and all that we do. All humans are meant to be this way, but a disconnection from God has prevented mankind from fulfilling their true destiny. In Christ, we don’t present an image of people who just do anything. We don’t just act any way we want to. In the same manner, we are not humans who are controlled or contained by some form of law just to a pretend an action of change. Law controls us, but grace transforms our lives from within our hearts. Law constrains our actions, but grace liberates our actions to finally be life-giving actions. Law is a hard-fast unchangeable rule. Grace is an increasingly changing, transforming, metamorphosis in our hearts and minds. Metaphorically speaking, we were supposed to be butterflies, but we were born as caterpillars. We were destined to fly, but we were born crawling. We need a metamorphosis. We need to change in our character and ability. This is the power and purpose of grace.
We do not understand grace because we have redefined salvation. We say by grace we are saved, but our definition of being saved is going to heaven when we die. Going to heaven when we die is surely part of our salvation package in Christ, but there is more to our salvation than what happens when we die. We think by grace we will be saved when we die, but God wants our souls to be saved. Our souls are being the bridge between our spirits and our physical lives.
3 John 2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
God wants us to prosper in all things. To be in health and to prosper in all things, our souls must prosper. Our souls manifest our desires, our thoughts, our reasoning, our imagination, and our emotions. The healthier our thoughts are the heathier our reasoning is, the healthier our imaginations are, the healthier our emotions are, and the healthier our desires become. When our thoughts, reasoning, imagination, emotions, and desires are healthy our lives will be more prosperous in all that we are and do. This affects all that we are in spiritual and practical ways.
I am a husband to my wife. I am not a husband to the wives of the world. I am a husband to one woman. She doesn’t need me to be a husband. She needs me to be her husband. She needs me to dwell with her, to understand her, to see how valuable she is, and to treat her accordingly. She needs me to rule in life with her in all things. Bonnie Hanson needs Ted Hanson to be her husband. This means I cannot just find a recipe to being a husband. I must be empowered to be her husband. My son Jonathan, my son Aaron, and my daughter Joanna need me to be their dad. They don’t need a dad, they need me to be their dad. Jonathan does not need me to be Aaron’s dad, he needs me to be Jonathan’s dad. Aaron needs me to be Aaron’s dad. Joanna needs me to be Joanna’s dad. That means I must become who I am for each of them. When I go as a minister to places that God has divinely joined me, those places don’t need me to be a minister. Each place needs me to be who God says I am for them. I must discover who God says I am for each one and each place that He sends me. This can only come by the power of God’s grace. I can be inspired by a book on marriage, but I must discover God’s grace that makes me who I am as a husband for my wife. I must constantly grow and mature. My wife does not need the husband she married forty years ago. She needs a better husband than that. She needs the husband that has been growing in maturity for forty years. The places I go need the minister that has been growing in maturity by grace. We can only be who we are meant to be today by embracing the work of God’s grace in our lives.
Ted J. Hanson