The Blessedness of Being Out of Options

I was listening to a song that inspired this particular post. Some of the lyrics go something like this: “I’m gonna follow, what else can I do?” This particular line struck a chord in me. Essentially it reminds me of being completely out of options. Nowhere else to turn but to Christ; no one else to lean on but Him. What a blessed place to be as a human being! Personally I have exhausted every other option in life. I’ve sought escape and refuge from everything but Him in the past and found absolutely no satisfaction, no fulfillment. The only satisfaction and fullness I ever found was extremely temporary and left me wanting only more to never find peace, that is, until I caught a glimpse of Christ.

 Catching a glimpse of Christ leaves us with only a few options. Even fewer once we catch a full glimpse of His church functioning with freedom. The options go something like this: 1) Continue in sin only to be captured and killed by the enemy, 2) be a proclaiming Christian but having your heart set on material things such as money, job, family, friends, etc., 3) or hash it out with a family of believers, through the good and the bad. To the peaks of the mountains down to the deepest darkest valleys, all in the pursuit of Christ. If we aren’t fully captured and captivated by this Lord of ours, the other options will begin to look very appealing. Especially when the hard times come about. When the cross is visible, when our flesh screams for relief from this peril known as “sharing in the sufferings of Christ.”

 So when we come to the reality that Christ is worth it, once our eyes are opened up to see Him and our hearts leap with joy at the hearing of His name, we begin to realize that there really isn’t any other option but to follow Him. Through thick and thin, through the trials, through the joys, through the heartaches and convictions. I don’t know about anyone else, but that’s the place I wanna be! To be as the Apostle Paul who, enduring great persecution, sufferings, imprisonment, hunger, thirst, and famine, was still completely sold out for Christ and His agendas. It seems as though Paul was out of options. It would’ve been very easy for Him, after being blinded by the Lord, to say the heck with it all and go back to being a Pharisee with plenty of comforts and power. But he didn’t, he was a man blinded by the Truth. Or the faithful disciples who waited for Pentecost. They sat waiting for the promised Holy Spirit. They, also, could have went back to their homes and jobs. Back to the logical way to live. But they didn’t. They too were men and women with hearts set solely on the Lord and His purpose. They pioneered through the new frontier know as Christianity, tread new ground for generations to come, including us. For you who have caught a glimpse of Christ, for those who have seen the other half, His body, the church, can you agree that there are no other options in this life but to pursue this Christ no matter the cost?

 A good way to put it is are you willing to waste your life on Christ? Before I became a Christian I sat watching other believers self-controlled behavior, the way they never indulged in worldly practices such as pre-marital sex, drunkenness, gossip, slander, anger, etc. and I was always convinced that true-blue Christians were wasting their lives. To me, at the time, Christ was only a moral code, a set of rules and regulations keeping people from having any true fun in life. That was of course before I met my Lord. The merciful King of kings, the blessedness Son of the Most High. Now I’m sure I look like a fool to my past friends and possibly even to my family. But, oh well. It’s worth it. He’s worth it! I am a man out of options. Sure, I can do many things in this life. I have a knack for getting what I want when I want it (maybe that’s why I was so good at being a sinner…?). If I put enough effort into it, I could become a wealthy individual apart from the Lord. I could easily go back to the way things were, living day by day, hour by hour, off of my emotions, breaking hearts, destroying relationships. It would be quite easy…kinda. But oh could I!? How could I possibly let go of the hope that is in Christ Jesus? How could I turn my back on such a Treasure, such a King? Truth is, I really couldn’t. Even if I tried I would be utterly despaired. There’s something very special about knowing the depth and weight of sin. I find it amazing that before I knew Him I had absolutely no remorse or shame in my sinful acts. But now, even the slightest of sins, I very aware of the ugliness of my transgression. This can’t be taught, in my opinion. This has to be wrought by revelation from the Holy Spirit into one’s life before it can ever be grasped in its full.

 Another supposed option would be to seek money and wealth over the Kingdom. To put riches ahead of Christ. I could very easily try my hardest to get rich as I attend church every Sunday and tithe every week. But, I’m already rich! I’ve already got “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” in Christ! So in reality, that’s not even an option.

 It seems that being out of options is exactly where the Lord desires us to be as His children. The longer we are Christians, the less we will fit in with the world and its system. The longer we follow Him, the more we will begin to look like Jesus (not by growing beards or walking around in sandals. Unless that’s what you wanna do, that is). No, but our outward fruit will become more visible and apparent. Our different “gifts” will emerge. As we allow Christ to be our righteousness and our holiness, not on our own effort but His, our works and “good deeds” will become more of a second nature. Scripture will begin to make sense, our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Things will have a deeper meaning and appeal that were once seen as everyday occurrences. The conscience that was already there will become more fine-tuned as we begin to yield to it. We also soon find that with this newly fine-tuned awareness of sin, that our own self-efforts to “fix” ourselves is utterly useless and futile. We soon find that we seem to be completely powerless in overcoming selfishness, pride, lust, arrogance, anger, greed, etc. on our own strength. We begin to wonder why God would save us only to watch us try to be more righteous. Once we discover that Christ is our righteousness, humility, love, patience, and much more. The indwelling life of Christ, who is the Holy Spirit because They are One, becomes our refuge.

 I am personally on a journey of discovery. A discovery of who I am, who I was meant to be, in Christ. Who the Lord created me to be. Not what the world or religion wants me to be, but His desire. I’m on a journey with Christ that has taken me to some great mountain peaks and down to the deepest valleys. I’m sure, better yet, I know, that there will be yet higher peaks and even deeper valleys. But all of the land is Christ. Every second of every day I’m walking with Him who rescued me. Him who has a desire and plan far bigger than me, far bigger than my agenda and plan, far bigger than the universe, even. I’m certainly no expert, I hope never to be one. But I do desire to be so engulfed in Christ that nothing else matters. That I can walk in the shoes of the Martyrs of the past centuries and walk, singing hymns and praises to God, as they lead me to the fire to be burned alive. That I can be offered a pardon if I only denounce my Christ to not be beheaded and still proclaim with a loud voice as the blade strikes my neck, “The Lord Jesus Christ is alive!”

 That’s my hope and my desire. All the things that stand in the way of that the Lord will deal with personally. He will clear the path of idols and distractions. He will be the one that returns to fulfill all things in heaven and on earth. So I say, “Who’s with me!?”

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  1. Amen bro that’s heavy it’s so cool to realize we don’t have to do it alone wouldn’t be anywhere else not even with Brandon doing the old me, but I’d rather be right here with you my best friend dying for the sake of the Cross, Murr

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  2. Michael, what you share is so powerful. it leans heavy on the relationship with a faithful Father and committed Lord who is Love and compassion.

    It has been so on my heart lately that the Lord just asks us to enlarge our hearts or in other words make room for Him, give him our hearts completely not just our interests and goals in life but our hurts and our pains and fears. He is all and in all.

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  3. I’m on this journey of discovery too… and I’m out of options as well. I think you hit it right on the money $$$.

    By the way… I love the pictures you put in with your articles… they always seem to fit in just right.

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  4. Good stuff I would encourage you to not put organic Church at the forefront of of the reality of Christ. What I mean is we must have a relationship deeply in Christ FIRST and He will build His Church from their. Untill we learn to walk with Him first all other forms of worship will only temporarily peak and then fade out. I have heard it said and I quote ” the reason we don’t get Church right is not because we don’t know enough about Church, it’s because we don’t know Father’s love well enough to share it with others when we get togather. I to used to be pro-organic church, now I am pro-Christ!! Just a litlle imput, hope it helps and does not discourage.

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    1. I totally agree. We should NEVER idolize “organic church” and lose sight of Christ.
      However, the Head (Christ) cannot be seperated from His Body (the church). So essentially, if you are pro-Christ, then you are pro-church. I’m interested to know why you may think I’m focusing too much on “organic” church rather than Christ. This is an honest question becuase if I am, I can’t see it myself.

      Thanks for the comment bro. 🙂

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  5. I just simply saw, a post of yours that said “why I am pro-organic Church” or something to that effect. I don’t believe like I once did, that I have to find organic Church. I have to find in Christ what I am looking for in fellowship and trust Him to build His Church, through lives and relationships. Organic church is what becomes the fruit of my relationship with Father not the other way around, we don’t get Church right and then our relationship flourishes, we get consumed in Him so that we are able to funtion as a Body, without Any human effort of ours. We have our Spirits strengthened by His might, and then we are able to strengthen other stragglers whom we also have once been like and wore the same shoes, I heard it said, “untill we know Gods love in the midst of our sin and wickedness, we will never be able to love others in the midst of their sin and wickedness.” We must learn to trust Him, God is teaching you alot I am sure, through awesome bro’s and sis’s in Christ, but you could have had that back at home, just trusting, BUT, you are in His season at His time ( right where you need to be) untill Father shows you different ( if ever) All that I am saying is we don’t have to start organic Church it becomes a reality inside our Life in Him, flowing outside to others!! Hope this helps and you recieve a gift for your journey.

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    1. I agree, being consumed by Christ is the beginning stages of any/all relationships in Christ. It is also the foundation of the Church. I have to say this, I will do my best not to sound to harsh or bitter: Tommy, I tried for a long time to find that at home. I really did. The last thing I wanted to do was leave my family. But a life lived by the Spirit causes us to go wherever we feel the Father leading us. In MY case, it was a church in Gainesville, Fl. For you it is different. We must always be careful not to hinder what the Lord is doing in someone else’s life. I know for a fact (I stated this in the post you are talking about. Did you read it?) that the Lord called me here. I fought, kicking and screaming. But once I was here, I knew. I knew I was in the will of God. But that’s ME. I’m certainly not going to say that that is for everyone. We are all on different journeys with the Father but they ALL lead to one place…CHRIST. Nothing more, nothing less. The Father will always lead us to His Son.
      I would have to ask you to read the 2 part post I did on “Why I’m pro-Organic Church” because the main object and goal in that post is to explain my convictions and why I moved. It has my testimony in it and a little back drop on what the Lord is doing in my life. (never judge a blog post by its title)
      I appreciate the comments and input brother. I really do. It’s always good to get another perspective on things no matter how large or small. There are a few things that we are just going to have to disagree on. I’m certainly NOT going to try to convince you of my beliefs or convictions, I only have what the Lord has given me by grace. The last thing I want to do is disturb or hinder anything the Lord might be doing in your life. I’m only describing, in this blog, what the Lord is doing in my life. It’s not here to convince people that organic church is the only way. That’s elitism and religious. It’s more of an outlet for what’s on my mind and what the Lord has put on my spirit. If, some days, that happens to be my absolute astonishment of what the Lord can do with a Body of believers who have the title “Organic church” given to them, than that’s what I will write about. That’s all.
      Many blessing, brother.
      Mike

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  6. It’s ok I don’t need to be agreed with I just wanted to offer a few things I have learned, and I like to try to help people think “outside the box”, I do believe you are where you need to be, and I hope we can continue to help one another along the journey, I will read your blog I am sorry for judging it by it’s title, I am sure I will be blessed ( you have a real gift) and Christ will bring it to full potential, to be a blessing. God bless you my brother, you seem to handle oppostion well, and may many blessing come to you in the knowledge of Christ!

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    1. Same to you brother! I absolutely love thinking outside the box! 😀
      If I came off as angry or anything that wasn’t my heart(written communication has a disadvantage of not being able to express emotions. It’s up to the reader what he/she thinks is being said. So I was writing in a “soft” tone lol)
      Again, thanks for the comments and replying. I enjoy a good discussion. Hopefully, some day we’ll get to meet face to face in this wonderful journey with Christ!
      In Christ,
      Mike

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  7. If God opens the door I would love to me you all(yall), down there in Gainsville! Peace be yours, cause youe are a joint heir to it.

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  8. I love your heart! Thank you for being willing to share. Christ is so worth it! Being a part of a body of believers intent on fellowshipping with and knowing our Lord has been the best months of my life.

    I too sought to fill my life with what the world offered and the best way I can describe it…it’s like a back-hoe. It fills the space for a moment, but when it leaves, it takes so much of you and leaves you emptier than you were the day before.

    Christ, on the other hand, leaves us spilling over with the riches and blessings of His Father. And though we go through struggles, it is only so He can fill us with His life. He does not leave us empty, but fills us to overflowing!

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