His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be
made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal
purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord (Eph. 3:10-11).
I once knew a man who was quite angry at God. It seemed
that things were not as he had hoped they would be and his life was full of discontent.
Therein, God became the target of his anger and his blame, and he asked me, "Why
don't we see the love of God today?" He continued by explaining that if God truly
loved us, then we would see Him do things as written about in the Old Testament. He
expected that God should miraculously intervene and rescue people in a visible fashion. He
also expected that Christ should have remained so that the love wouldn't be taken away
from this world. "Why?" he asked, "Why don't we see God's love like that
anymore?" I looked into his troubled eyes and said to him, "It's not God's
fault, it's ours."
We talked a little while longer, and in that time I told him how it was not God who failed
him, but us. It was we who call ourselves His children that had failed him. For God did
not take away His love for and among mankind once Christ had gone; but instead, His love
became perfected through Christ. And He has chosen these last days that His love should be
revealed through us, His church. He has chosen that His presence, His peace and His person
should be manifested in us so that others might experience God through us, and thereby
come to experience Him for themselves.
It was not God who had let down this man who was angry with Him, it was the church. For we
had not loved this man the way that God would have moved us. It would be difficult to say
how we had let him down, or when we have let down many like him--not to mention, the man's
ability to let down himself. Nevertheless, it is "through the church, the manifold
wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,
according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord." And
it is God's desire that nothing hinder the revelation of His person from being made known
to the entire world.
Yet there is a hindrance. For even as we would seek to promote self interests above the
interests of others, we have hindered the love of God from being seen in us. As we cannot
spare a donation to help a needy family because we don't want to do without our
entertainment, we have hindered the love of God from being seen in us. As we cannot spare
fifteen minutes to listen to someone who needs to talk because our schedules won't permit
it, we have quenched the love of God from being seen in us. And as we spend our energy
chasing the cares of this life, we have choked the word, and it becomes unfruitful in us.
The Spirit of God has not changed in His love toward mankind. He still desires that none
should perish but that all may come to find life in Him--and that life more abundant. But,
even as He chose to reveal Himself through His Son, so He also desires to be revealed
through His children. He has not fallen short of doing His part. He has instilled within
us a great and wondrous love. He simply wants His love that is in us to be allowed to be
revealed through us. He simply wants us to get our eyes off of ourselves long enough to
see that He still wants to love others, and that He has chosen to do it through us, His