Occupy This!

There’s not an earthly “fort” that could be occupied that can hold the riches of his grace, glory, and mercy! They are unsurpassed!

There’s a ridiculous movement going on today inspired by nefarious catalysts and rabble-rousers. The “Occupy” people are everywhere, and from what we see in the media, they’re most successful occupying the blogs and the mouths of the Talking Heads.

It’s all about the have’s and the have not’s. In case you need to know this, they’re the have not’s, and they’re out to get the “1 percent,” who are inexplicably unwilling to share their riches.

Well, I have an answer for these people: You want riches, Occupy God’s Word (OGW)!

Here’s how to get rich quick. No gimmicks. No 6-DVD sets and an all-day seminar.

First, think of this. It’s amazing that the Lord God Almighty looks down on our shenanigans–occupying this and that–and doesn’t do anything. As parents we will at times let our child throw a temper tantrum, choosing to wait it out until little Johnny–no wait–little Jacob comes to his senses. Without knowing it, Little Jacob has experienced “the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience.” The Most High God keeps his powder dry in an attempt to lead us to “repentance.” (Romans 2:4)

Like the armies of law enforcement people with Glocks, tasers and pepper spray strapped to their belts, refrain from using them, so does the Almighty keep holstered his formidable arsenal. He could make a real show of power if he wanted to, but instead he wishes to put all the riches of his glory on display to the “vessels of mercy.” (Romans 9:23)

You’re heard the stories of someone written into a rich uncle’s will for a deed of kindness or long-term loyalty. Here’s something to ponder: there are no rights of inheritance in God’s family, no distinctions. “For the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on him, for whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  He’s way more than a rich uncle, and you can occupy his estate with a simple word of faith. (Romans 10:12)

Every uprising has some William Wallace-type masterminding each step. The troops hang on every word as he circles his horse with nostrils flaring in front of them. We’ve all seen this scene replicated many times in epic films. “Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live…at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade all the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM!” And so on. Then there are the wise masters who with contorted sentences dispense great truths: “Decide you must, how to serve them best. If you leave now, help them you could; but you would destroy all for which they have fought, and suffered.” And then there are the long-bearded wizards who blow smoke rings as they waringly see into the future. I could go on, but here’s the point: occupy the footstool of God and experience the riches both of his wisdom and knowledge. “How unsearchable are his judgments and unfathomable his ways!” (Romans 11:33)

The ultimate “prince and pauper.” Talk about someone who did just what the 99-percenters want! “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” (2 Corinthians 8:9) Do you think Bill Gates is going to exchange checkbooks with you? Not a chance! How about the grubby greedy lawmakers too? Never. OGW protesters scream with bulging veins for all of the Lord’s riches and he says, “OK, here.”

Really, there’s not an earthly “fort” that could be occupied that can hold the riches of his grace, glory, and mercy! They are unsurpassed! They are unfathomable! (read Ephesians basically!) And they are literally at our fingertips.

“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you.” (Colossians 3:16)

Sounds like an admonition to be occupied, not to occupy anything.


Film at eleven.

About Rick Reynolds

You'll find me in the far right hand corner of evangelical Christianity. Been studying the Word for nearly 45 years and counting.
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