God is Father. A father is a
combination of love and authority. Love without authority is a friend not
a father. Authority without love is a boss not a father. Since God our
Father is both love and authority, we are drawn into alignment with Him
When we have a tender heart and a sensitive conscience, we look for this
alignment of intimacy and submission in every situation. In any group or
organization, most people seek only what is good for themselves. That
self-centered attitude limits and frustrates what could come out of the
group if there were more cooperation and unity. A greater good can always
Alignment is an order that allows for everyone to have his or her own
place - for everyone to function, for everyone to bear fruit. Alignment
is an order based on intimacy and submission. It starts with Yeshua and
the Father and extends into every possible group when two or more people
are gathered together for a common purpose. For the sake of the greater
good of the group, one must be willing to submit to the authority of that
A sports team needs to be aligned with the coach's plan. A
successful business needs to be aligned with the boss, a church with its
pastor, a family with the dad, a government with its prime minister, an
army with its commander. How much more so when we talk about God's
plans for mankind and for His creation!
The reason there are assigned and numbered seats at a ball game, airplane
or theater is to make sure that everyone has a place. The order is to
protect the weak. Without it, every bully would push the weaker people
out of the way. God's plan has order because He wants everyone to
have a place.
A good-hearted person will seek the greater good. The greater good
demands cooperation. Cooperation needs alignment and submission with
the plans of the leader. A good-hearted person will seek to be aligned
with the purposes of the group and its leadership.
Whenever we come into a group, we look to cooperate for the common goal.
We immediately seek to understand what that goal is and who is in
leadership. We submit both to the authority and the purpose. We are team
players with a cooperative attitude ...
If there were an Olympic competition for complaining and arguing, no
doubt we in Israel would win the gold. In an embarrassing way, it is
part of our culture and identity that no one wants to cooperate with
anyone. A cooperative, submissive attitude is seen as weakness. The
attitude is: "Only weak people cooperate and submit." How tragic and
Spiritual strength and self-discipline are needed to see someone
else's perspective. Anyone can see his own perspective. That is
natural. Extra spiritual effort to rise above one's own instincts
is needed to see someone else's ... It is human tendency to see
what we do as enormously important and what someone else does as
insignificant. To come into right alignment, we have to deflate our own
self-importance and inflate the importance of someone else's
perspective. It is a worthy spiritual exercise to hear and understand
another person's heart.
When we want to be aligned with God's plan, we have to pray again
and again, as Yeshua did in Gethsemane, "Not my will but Yours be
done" (Matthew 26:39). We change our will to be aligned with His. We
are to seek the right order that God has set up. We seek first the
kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then the other things will
fall into place (Matthew 6:33).
Since God's order includes everyone and everything, we have to learn
to respect other people, their gifts, their purposes, and their history.
We respect the precedence of what has happened before us. We respect
history and honor people. That helps to bring us into alignment with
I see an example of that in Yeshua's baptism in water by John.
Yeshua was greater than John, and Yeshua had not sinned. So why did He
need to be immersed in water? One reason is that in the first century,
baptism in water meant not only repentance of sin, but dedication to
holiness, cleansing from the influences of the world and submission to
the spiritual leader at the time.
Yeshua said He would be baptized by John in "order to fulfill all
righteousness" (Matthew 3:15). He submitted to God's right
order. What a beautiful example of righteousness we see at Yeshua's
baptism! John was the anointed prophet of his generation. Yeshua
submitted to him, just as He submitted to Miriam (Mary) and Joseph as
His parents (Luke 2:51).
Yeshua submitted to someone lesser than Himself to be aligned to
God's plan and order. Being baptized by John was part of that
alignment. When the other religious leaders refused to submit to John
through baptism, they rejected that alignment, that righteous order (Luke
7:29) and, in fact, showed themselves to be unworthy of God's plan
for their own lives (Luke 7:30).
Yeshua submitted first to His heavenly Father, then to His earthly
parents and then to John the Baptist as a prophet. He set Himself in
right order and right alignment with God's purposes for His own
life. Let us follow in His footsteps as we seek to align ourselves with
God's purposes as well.
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