Posted by: arieliondotcom | August 22, 2010

“Engage!”

Engage!

Proverbs 3:5, 6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your paths.”

The captain of the Starship Enterprise, having decided upon the mission, seats himself in the throne-like captain’s chair, decisively points a finger forward, and shouts, “Engage!”

In its various meanings, “engage” is one of the most wonderful words in the English language. The common element in all of the definitions is being involved in or having an influence upon something, whether at work or in relationships or Life in general. And all of these meanings are involved in the Scripture for today. Though we’ll only cover a few for brevity’s sake (please, no applause!).

At work, an employer engages an employee upon hiring. But it doesn’t stop there. A good supervisor will ensure that employee also feels engaged in the work, has a vested interest in the mission. Though we might flinch at the analogy at first, we all want, even need, to have the cog in a wheel sense of engagement, that our presence would be missed and the work of others would suffer for lack of our influence. We need to be connected. And that synergism acts toward the good of the whole.

And most people know the joy of being engaged in a family, tied to common interests, histories and goals and the horizons of a common future in a romantic relationship. We even call the process “engagement” when finding love suddenly becomes being in love and the impetus of loving and being loved by another drives us forward, together, to make a common history of shared memories.

It was love that had GOD create humanity, and seek to be engaged in the progress of their lives. And from the beginning, even before Eve or sin came into the world, Adam was given rewarding work to do in the garden and influence upon it and every other living thing upon the earth, to name and enjoy them.

With the coming of sin came seperation between GOD and humanity. The cogs no longer meshed as they should. The world and everything in it became corrupt. The answer to get back to GOD could only come by becoming intrinsically different than the corrupt world. A whole different wheel that, like GOD, could be in the world but not of the world. JESUS Christ, as the Second Person of the Godhead, fully GOD yet fully human, is the only way that could happen.

By belief in the death, burial and resurrection of JESUS on their behalf, Believers become Christians, engaged with/to JESUS. And it’s because He seeks to be engaged…involved with and betrothed to…us. His concerns become our concerns just as ours, like our need for eternal life to bring us back to the Father who sent Him, are His. As a woman accepting the offer of engagement from a man, all that is needed on our part is to accept.

And that changes everything. We now have the ability to be in (influencing but not controlled by) the world but not of its corruption because it is the Holy Spirit, Third Person of the Godhead, living Christ’s Life through us. As in human betrothals, we suddenly act not out of what it can do for us, but how it will affect the Beloved and those the Beloved cares about. In the case of our Beloved Savior, that means using His Love in us to do acts of love by engaging ourselves in meeting the needs of others. But none of this is possible without His Spirit engaging our whole lives by accepting Who He is and what He has done for us.

He gives us the strength to act on trust of the Beloved, even though we don’t always understand what He is doing, because He has poured out His Life for us in order pour His Life into us. And through us. Our choices and desires become affected by wanting to please and be with the Beloved. So we seek His approval and guidance and want to be wherever He leads.

JESUS, the Captain of our souls and the King of Kings for all eternity, challenges and calls to us: Engage!

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