The passion of ministry, the goal of a believers life and witness is summed up by the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:2 and 3.
“For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”
The apostle Paul is seized with alarm, struck with fear and amazement, startled as if seeing a strange sight. He is literally struck with terror. That is what is conveyed in the phrase “but I fear”. What is it that causes such a strong reaction in this man of God? He says it is that their “minds have been corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ”
The word “corrupted” means something that is in the process of wasting and pining away, being destroyed through a focus away from something towards something else that brings destruction to that original state. Paul is terrified that the minds of the Corinthians have been led away by the influence of the devil, “from the simplicity that is in Christ”
The word “simplicity” means singleness, focusing on one thing, beholding one thing, genuinely engrossed on one thing and that being Jesus Christ. The word comes from a word that describes hair being plaited, one strand at a time, woven together into one. Seized by the revelation of the worth, glory, honor, person of Jesus Christ, all aspects of who we are are plaited together into adoration and worship of Jesus Christ alone. Ours is not a roving eye, not a searching eye from a heart that is not completely in love with Him. We have a single eye from an undivided heart that is brokenly grateful and yearning to see and please Him alone.
The heart of all ministry is to espouse every human being to one husband, a chase virgin to Christ. To espouse is to join something to something. To fit together as carpenters do the beams of a house. To join as in marriage a person and Jesus Christ. To set one apart unto Jesus Christ alone. That is the goal of all ministry. To join people to Him not a church, not a creed, not a calling, not a man but first and foremost bring people into personal intimacy with Jesus Christ first and foremost. No man or woman has ever loved like Jesus Christ. He is the one who “loved me and gave Himself up for me”(Gal 2:20)
The lover of God knows that He alone is the gaze of His soul. He is shackled to revelation of the Lamb that was freshly slain in the midst of the throne. We are always reminded that only One was found worthy to open the books, only One paid the price for our way back to the Fathers Embrace. No other is worthy of our affection until we are gripped to the core of our beings by the Lord Jesus Christ and enthroned in our hearts till we are baptized in praise and adoration. Paul was jealous, burning hot, that relationship with Jesus was the believers pure and single eyed focus. That no one would be defiled by the Satanic stain of seeking to glorify anyone or anything above Jesus Christ.
In the Book of Daniel we read….
“I saw in the night visions, and behold one like the Son of Man came with the clouds of heaven, and cam to the Ancient of Days and they brought him near before him and there was given him dominion, and glory and a kingdom that all people, nations and languages shou serve him: his dominion is an everlasting which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed
Sitting on the throne, the Ancient of Days, the Father, turns all of heavens gaze towards His son being brought before Him. All of the glory and honor is directed towards him, the Son of man, the Lord Jesus Christ. He alone satisfies the heart of God completely and the love the Father has for the Son is the love we are to have for His son. The wounded and crucified Jesus is the ultimate revelation of the Fathers love for us. Our lips should daily wrap a life of gratitude and deep adoration around His heart. The inbreak of all that belongs to our happiness is only because of Jesus. The bottom line is that without Him we are all damned.
We talk too much about the reflected glory we see in people and not the source of that glory, Jesus Christ. It is time to become enraptured by Christ alone, aware of Him as never before and yearn to obey and have a heart to please Him first and foremost. Live seized by the affection He has for us, the great love He has for us, finding our satisfaction in the warmth of His smile and the acceptance of His eyes and live from that awareness every day of our lives. Heaven is still on its feet in eternal applause for the Lamb of God. The crescendo of worship and praise for what Jesus has done is rising moment by moment and wants to rise in our hearts as well. To the degree we that we are single eyed towards Jesus Christ is the degree that we radiate Him on earth and draw others to Him and not things or programs about Him. Our first pleasure must be as Paul says, to be united to Him, to be one with Jesus Christ. Our greatest joy in life is to be married to Jesus.