I think that most of you will probably agree that though many people today receive (with their minds) the doctrine of Sonship, very few people will actually step in the faith and the obedience that is required to receive the promise of it. In this past season, there has surely been many and various tests in the Church which relate to faith and to trust in God, but the Spirit has revealed that the faith, trust, and obedience of significantly matured sons of God is still glaringly absent in a people today. I can’t help but think here of the verse, “When the Son of Man returns will He find faith (and obedience) in the earth?”
It seems, beloved, that due to the presence of unbelief and fear in the Church (even fear of what God might do if one fully surrenders his or her life and heart over to Him) the promises of God are not much being realized today. God will speak His promises to us, beloved, but many of those promises ARE CONDITIONAL, in that they must be mixed and united with faith (and action based upon that faith) in order that they be realized by us.
A brother wrote to me a while back and he said …
“We have now come to the close of the church age and God is ready to change the order. The hour has arrived for the manifestation of the sons of God gathered out of the church age.”
Now, I appreciate the zeal with which this brother writes, but I feel the need to elaborate a bit on what he wrote …
The truth is that we are in a most awesome time of PREPARATION for that hour of manifested sons, but that hour has certainly not “arrived.” What the Lord has been impressing upon me lately is that up until till this point, most all of us have received nothing more than a CALLING to Sonship. We are now though, in the time of the CHOOSING of sons. Many are called but few are chosen. Of course, this “choosing” has much to do with how we respond to the Holy Spirit.
Along these lines, I’ve been thinking lately about passages of scripture like that about Gehazi (who was more than likely one who should have received of Elisha’s mantle, but blew it), and of the prophet of 1 Kings 13 (yikes!), and of Moses smiting the rock for the second time, etc. The Lord has been speaking to me through these things that He needs none of us individually to do what He intends to do in the earth in coming days, nor does He have an obligation to any of us to bring us into “Sonship.”
I think here of what Elijah said to Elisha, when Elisha asked for the double portion of Elijah’s spirit. Elijah (a type of Christ) said to Elisha (a type of the witness in the end of the age), “It’s a difficult thing that you ask for. Do you have any idea what will be required of you for you to attain to such a thing?”
I personally have trembled before the Lord when He has downloaded some of the “requirements” of Sonship to me. Certainly, to whom much is given, much is required. Though many zealous people and Sonship aspirants of the day might teach otherwise, this is not an easy thing that we are asking for. I understand better now than ever that God can and will put any of us on the shelf if we do not come to a place where we utterly lay down our lives in service to Him.
In knowing what I share here, I also rejoice though, for I understand that along with the impartation of a healthy “fear” of missing out on the promise, also comes an IMPARTATION of God’s grace to fulfill (actually be CHOSEN to fulfill) that for which we have been called.
My prayer today for all who have a hope of attaining to Sonship is that they’ll get a revelation of the possibility that they just might not make it to such place in God (in the coming age), and then by the fear that comes along with those thoughts, they’ll cry out for THE GRACE that is needed in order to attain to it! The Apostle Paul clearly had this fear of which I write, for in no other way could he have lived a life of embracing the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings, being conformed to His death, and that with the hope of ATTAINING to the resurrection out from the dead (which, as far as I understand it, is Sonship). Paul writes about this healthy fear of not “attaining” to this “prize” here …
“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)
Beloved, may God greatly bless you all in your pursuit of Him, that you might be part of that blessed and holy remnant that will someday soon realize the promise and the glory of Sonship.