Members of my family waited patiently for the release of the iPhone 6, and then something wonderful happened when I placed the newly manufactured phone in my hand. The smooth finely machined and polished interface surface felt soft and smooth as a newborn baby’s bottom. I knew how hard it had been for Apple to accomplish this manufacturing perfection from reading Jony Ive’s new book, “The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest New Products.” But of course I am not writing about Apple’s new iPhone, but instead about your flesh’s response to the perfection of God.
Just as I felt that warm fuzzy feeling when I held the phone, so it is that I feel that warm fuzzy escalation in my heart when I realize I have been perfectly obedient to the will of God. But today I had to reject a potential relationship because they had attached a string to me concerning my long established friendship. And this potential new relationship had a promise involving large sums of money. But I remembered that Jesus said, “Ye cannot serve God and mammon (riches personified and opposed to God).”
Yes, it cost a big sacrifice of potential finances to be perfectly obedient to God, especially on this issue. Yet look at the other side of the coin. Though I lost a major friendship, I could have been connected with somebody whose manipulative strings might have started telling me whom to like and whom not to like. When I woke up this morning I felt the smooth finely polished hand of the Lord in my hand. Yes, it was that warm fuzzy feeling of exultation of knowing that I had obeyed His perfect will. This feeling of perfection is the result of perfect obedience and desire that welcomes the presence of God.
The new generation of young Christians is learning to admire and desire perfection in every part of their lives. This is the message that I believe God is speaking to young people today. Their new technologies are removing the clutter and making everything we do more intuitive, easy to understand, and elegant and its process. God has designed the Holy Spirit that operates inside our tummy through our human interface to be so elegant as it operates through intuitive childlike simplicity. It is too bad that religion can clutter and complicate things that God does through us naturally.
For example, the young man Joseph in the Bible went through a long period of imprisonment and came out of it elegantly prepared for leadership. Even the king’s signet ring of power was upon his finger. The reason Joseph was so luxuriously trained was not from the impact of his environment. Rather, it was his ability to ignore all of the constraints that his environment afforded and focus on simple acts of obedience from the voice and dreams of God.
The same filtering of non-Holy Spirit influences must be done by young people today who are being influenced by controlling religious structures. Such structures are designed by well-intended ministers, whose purposes are to raise funds so their structures can keep functioning. The thing that is dangerous about these systems is that they teach young people to numb out or neutralize the voice of God in their spirits. It’s very obvious why they do it. If you wish to control hundreds of young people man’s way, then you have to make them obedient to man’s program.
But if your goal is to have hundreds of young people controlled by the Holy Spirit, then you will teach them to be obedient to the voice of God. The Bible is your personal GPS and safe passage guide. However, I must warn you that with such power also comes much responsibility. But of course this is where you feel the fine manufactured detail that a person discovers in the life of Godly perfection. Now that’s really cool! Enjoy the perfection!