In the last post I made the case that our souls desperately long for a blessing of affirmation. We need a voice outside of our own to tell us that we are worthy and have meaning. We long to be told that we are valuable not because of what we do, but because of who we are.
That is why the Biblical call to “Learn Christ” is so significant. While there are many arenas of transformation that Jesus longs to lead us into, there are none more foundational than establishing our identity in our status as the beloved of God.
If this is true, it leads to an obvious but elusive question: Why is it that we have so much trouble receiving and internalizing the blessing of God?
The connection between the craving we already possess and the blessing that God already offers seems like it should so much easier to consummate. If this is what we long for, what God provides, and what Jesus is leading us to, then why does it feel so uncommon to actually experience this blessing?
This is a question that I would encourage you to spend some time reflecting on. In one sense, this is a universal struggle. At some level we all share in this dynamic – Jesus Christ attempts to lead us to a deep sense of identity transformation, yet we often find that it to be an idea that is easier to acknowledge at an intellectual level than it is a reality we are able to experience at the soul level.
From there the journey gets far more specific, and tailored to each person’s story. My guess is that whatever it is that gets in the way of you internalizing the blessing of God is different than what gets in my way. We’ve all had different experiences, and carry different questions and doubts.
That’s not a bad thing. But it certainly requires a great deal of self-reflection. We need to prayerfully consider what it is that gets in the way of us delighting in that which God says is true of us. In fact, I would say that learning to recognize and name these barriers is one of the most important thresholds we cross in the journey of spiritual transformation.
I have reflected on this question a lot in my spiritual life, and I’ve found that at least two barriers have become clear for me. I’ll share each of them over the next two posts with the hope that it might spur on some Spirit-led self reflection for you as well.
But for now, I’d encourage you to keep wrestling with this question.
Why is it that we/I have so much trouble receiving and internalizing the blessing of God?