A few days ago I was reading a book by a well-known Christian lady. She is one of the ‘mothers’ of our faith, a woman who stood as strong for Christ 50 years ago as she is doing today. I was struck, in a very timely way, about a certain aspect of her faith.
In our churches today we hear a lot about Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, about the God who cares, about loving our neighbor and so on. But we (or at least I) have heard very little about Jesus our personal LORD and Savior. I love the bridal paradigm, Jesus’ passionate love for the believer, and the father heart of God. But we simply cannot forget the areas of holiness, obedience and the fact that Jesus is our Lord. God is our master. We are no longer slaves to sin, but we are now slaves to righteousness. (Romans 6) God is the potter, and I am the clay.
I have been struggling a lot over certain changes in my life-circumstances. I don’t like them. My job is shifting a little bit, and I liked things the way they were, not how they are becoming. In the last few weeks, my conversation with God has mostly been talking to him about my pain, about how frustrating the situation is and so on. In reading the above-mentioned book, I realized something. God has made the change, and I need to be reconciled to it. His purposes are fairly clear; it is stirring me up, forcing me to bring my mind, my will and my emotions into submission to God. It is a struggle that is teaching me to die to myself and live only to christ. A needed struggle. A necessary exercise of my faith.
John 15:2 Every branch that bears fruit He prunes that it may bear more fruit.
This verse has been a description of my life the past few months…So many scriptures have come alive to me lately.
My Brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. (James 1:2-3)
But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” (Romans 9:20)
I think we need to remember again that God is The Potter. He chooses our giftings, He chooses whom to anoint. (Yes, there is an aspect of investing and cultivating our talents, but He is the one who decides which and how many we are to have) It is our job to seek His will, and then bring our mind, will and emotions into submission to Him. Not an easy task by any means, but the task of Love. If we say that we love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strenth, then our actions should show that to be so.