Have you ever looked at someone’s house and the surrounding landscape and thought wow! That’s beautiful! What a flow, a unity. The house looks like it was made for the landscape and the landscape looks like it was designed for the house. Or conversely, looked at another and thought something’s not right. The proportions are wrong, they disagree with each other, everything seems separated and nothing looks unified. I think because God is a God of order and balance and beauty that we, created in His image, have something within us that longs to see and experience the same in the world around us. Throughout the old testament there are illustrations of God instructing His artisans how to produce beautiful things according to His specific pattern so it brings a unified whole. He wants to do the same within us for we are a house, a temple. And I believe we long for that beauty and unity within ourselves as much as outside around us. I know it’s been on my mind and heart as He is soon coming for a beautiful bride, without spot, blemish or wrinkle.
I found a little pamphlet the other day that I had had for some time but felt to re-read. It was by a beautiful Christian lady, Sister Ruth Catalano, who was a missionary to the American Indians in Oklahoma and who visited and traveled with our church, many times and gave many wonderful teachings and prophetic words.
What I want to share with you from this pamphlet called ‘The Wedding at Cana’ is that in order for there to be a ‘bride’ for the Bridegroom Christ there first has to be a wedding, a union. And Sister Ruth says that He wants this union in each person who receives Him. It is not a natural union, it is a union of the soul and spirit. She says “until this happens within us a person is divided: the soul which consists of the will, the intellect and the emotions is the undying personality in each of us. The spirit of the man is the candle of the Lord (Prov 20:27). For thou wilt light my candle; the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness (Ps 18:28). As the Spirit of Christ lights the candle of man’s spirit, there needs to be a uniting of the Spirit, the male realm with the soul, the female realm that the soul may become spiritual.” My thought is that we may say or think we are spiritual but factually, unless this uniting has occurred, we are not. Let me quote again: “He would shed His blood on the cross of Calvary so that man’s vessel, filled with natural fallen nature might by His transforming power become a vessel carrying the Divine Life and nature. He died to bring about a union of man’s undying soul and his spirit lighted with the Spirit of Christ even the clothing upon of the soul with the Divine Life so that one could become an undivided and whole person, complete in Him.”
In another one of her teaching tapes she tells us that God is wanting to manifest His Son’s life in us but it only happens when the self-life is ‘completely given up and we are wholly given unto Him, the King of Kings.’
That’s the cost, the price for us to really be an undivided whole person…a unified person, a ‘real’ person who knows who we are. Not three personalities, not Ms Ego as Sara commented about in one of the blogs on “A man who trims himself to suit everybody will soon whittle himself away.” A person who is focused. One who bears the fruit we struggle so to bring forth. One whose house and landscape is unified with trees that have leaves for the healing of the nations (Rev 22:2).