There's Got To Be More Than This
Articles - Christian Growth
by Rob Packer
God is calling us into the fullness of the destiny He has for us. But how do we move past all the barriers and distractions to find the way forward?
Recently the Lord began to speak to me from the book of Hosea. Historically this was a time when Israel, God’s chosen bride, had lost her way, forgotten who she was, and got caught up with other distractions, other priorities and other loves. But God was not going to be put off. He was calling his bride into her true identity and her true destiny in the earth.
We are in a very similar place in the Body of Christ today. Globally there is a growing sense of disillusionment with ‘going through the motions’ of religious activity and a cry in our hearts of “There’s got to be more than this!” There is an increasing hunger to experience the miraculous, have supernatural encounters and receive greater degrees of revelation; to know who God really is and to know who we really are.
God is drawing us powerfully and persistently into the fullness of relationship with Him and into the fullness of our destiny. He’s calling us past the distractions, the other priorities and the other loves. The cry of His heart, and the encouragement of the ‘cloud of witnesses’ to us, is “Keep on going! There’s still more. It doesn’t matter where you are in your walk with me, there’s lots more I want to show you.”
Let’s look at some key strategies that God spoke of in Hosea to bring his bride into the fullness of her identity and destiny…
1. “Therefore I will allure her…” (Hosea 2:14)
“Blessed are those…who have set their hearts on pilgrimage” Psa 84:5. In other words, blessed are those who have settled in their hearts that they will keep going in their journey with God. That, while enjoying and appreciating what He is showing them and doing in their lives, they know that He is drawing them into the ‘much more’. What are you experiencing in your walk with God right now? Thank Him for it but don’t settle there – there are greater realms that He’s wanting you to explore.
2. “…bring her into the wilderness…” (Hosea 2:14)
There is a realm of glory and of His presence that the Lord wants us to carry and it flows out of relationship with Him. Most of us lead very busy lives and we are busy serving the Lord, but what He is bringing us into is going to require some adjustments in our lifestyle.
What is the place of unclutteredness?
It is fair to say that ‘unclutteredness’ will mean different things to different people. It is not appropriate for me to tell you what represents ‘clutter’ in your life but the Lord is wanting to reveal that to each of us. Let’s ask Him to show us.
It is a place where…
Things that really matter have been repositioned
The place of unclutteredness is not a place of inactivity – God is not calling us to do nothing. He is calling us to a place of rest, security and relationship, and we can live and serve Him out of that place.
3. “…and speak kindly to her.” (Hosea 2:14)
The Lord wants to get rid of the clutter so that we can actually hear Him tell us how much He loves us and how special we are to Him! How proud He is of us as we take each step of our journey with Him; how excited He is about the things that He has in store for us – the things He’s wanting to show us and help us experience with Him!
There will be things that He will point out along the way but they are way down the list of His priorities. His top priority is to love us and to speak kindly to us, to encourage us and let us be shaped by His love.
4. “Then I will give her her vineyards from there…” (Hosea 2:15)
Who would have thought that the real fruitfulness and productivity that we long for would be come from the wilderness? God is saying in this verse that He will give us the fruitfulness – it won’t be of our own doing. If we follow Him, He is going to be the only explanation for what happens in our life. We won’t be able to take the credit for it. We will find that incredible fruitfulness in the place of unclutteredness.
Here are some Scriptures to meditate on:-
I will allure her… Isa 55:2-3; Jer 31:3; 33:3; 1 Cor 2:9-10; Eph 1:18-23
Bring her into the wilderness… Jer 24:7; Song of Sol 1:4; Jer 2:2-5; Matt 22:37; John 17:24; Rev 3:18-22
And speak kindly to her… Isa 40:1-5; Zeph 3:14-17; Rom 8:31-39
I will give her her vineyards from there… John 15:5-9; Gal 5:22-25