Come, my beloved,
let us go out into the fields and lodge in the villages;
let us go out early to the vineyards and see
whether the vines have budded,
whether the grape blossoms have opened
and the pomegranates are in bloom.
There I will give you my love.
Song of Songs 7:11-12 ESV
Do you remember where the Song starts? Our girl cries out for a two-fold touch—two ways she asks the Lord to move in her life. Draw me after you; let us run. (1:4) We have seen this come to pass in her life. He has drawn her, they have run together.
She has grown and learned and become a mature wife—a partner with the Lord in ministry.
There is a thrill in my heart as I read today’s stanza.
Now instead of pleading for Him to draw her—to lead and allow her to follow—she is leaning into her own ministry. Don’t get me wrong. She isn’t getting out in front of Him in presumption. He is letting the Spirit in her lead her heart and draw Him. He has done such a work in her life, that she is no longer thinking; Draw me. Love me. Minister to me. Now she comes to Him with a heart that accurately mirrors His own priorities.
Let us go into the fields.
Let us lodge in the villages.
Let us go early to the vineyard and see its fruit.
Here’s a big idea…
Much of Christendom thinks of Christian maturity as the day our servanthood to Jesus is complete. Where we act on His every command and our lives walk out a perfect submission in every detail. We don’t make a move with out His specific say-so.
But is that what God goal is for us? Does He want us to be like the angels who carry out His commands?
Or does He want us to be adults.
When you raise a child, is it so they can, once grown, finally obey all your instructions to the letter? Or would you rather see them function independently, carrying out what you have taught them, walking with your same priorities, your same integrity, but using their own free will to express themselves and to express your priorities.
It may be a weak illustration with some holes in it, but think on this just a bit.
Does ‘doing the will of the Father’ mean waiting for instructions before taking each and every step—or—trusting the Spirit within (same God inside and above—right?) to inspire your ideas.
Hey - I get that there are times and situations where explicit obedience is required. Live must be submitted to His priorities and will. But He has given us creative hearts and free wills. These are not in us so that we can chain them in a dark corner of our heart home, but so they can fully express God in and through our redeemed flesh.
Check out what rises up in the maiden’s heart - “let’s go…” She has a pastor’s heart. Let’s make sure Your gardens are flourishing Lord. Let’s make sure they are bearing fruit. Let’s see if there is life in the churches.
She’s not renegade. She sounds just like Father.
Tell me truly - have I gone off the reservation here?
Thanks for coming by.