Just really enjoyed a post on how drinking of the life-giving spirit is totally different to the image of the world. How much more of this do I need! For example:
I recollect my grandfathers, often failed attempts, at grafting new strains of peach onto his beloved peach tree. The surgical incision, the well trimmed branch, the careful insertion of the branch onto the main trunk of the tree and the binding of that grafted branch into position in the main tree. The sap from the principle tree would join to the open wood of the grafted branch and if the grafting took, would feed the new branch and in time the new branch would become one with the tree and eventually bear its unique fruit.
What is important to retain in this image is that the grafted branch does not change its DNA or its uniqueness, it merely draws its life from the mother tree and in doing so continues to live and bear fruit. The branch does not strive to fulfill its purpose, it is totally reliant on the mother tree to give of its goodness, allowing the new branch to survive and thrive.
This I have read about in theology textbooks as amounting to the ‘eschatological tension’ between being active and being meditative. There in reality IS no tension between these two extremes. We cannot survive in this world by simply being active. We will crash and burn, and we will not please our Maker, or even ourselves. We have to allow others, and allow Him, to work in us. We have to say ‘yes’ to others, and to the Lord, and allow their life-giving sap to flow into us. It seems to be painful, but it is sweet and brings growth.