“Could my zeal no respite know, could my tears forever flow“, a line in one of the verses of the hymn “Rock of ages cleft for me“. This Probably is my favourite line but definitely my favorite hymn.
Believers generally find themselves under pressure to prove themselves as believers. In recent times, when I wrong someone and realize I have created an unfavorable impression, I find myself under pressure to either explain to the person or do something to show that I am a believer.
How can you be a believer and let this happen to you?!
How can you be the righteousness of God and allow that happen to you?!
How could you have been a believer for so and so period and haven’t healed anyone?!
Yet, none of these is anything near the glory of the Saint.
It’s either you’re glorified or not! There is no speaking it or motivating it into your life.
I see God our Father through the scriptures, in humility teaching us about Himself but one thing I noticed He’s never under pressure to do is prove Himself.
If I were to write about myself, if you were to write about yourself, you’d avoid those things that would give people the wrong impression about you. God didn’t do that!
Jesus after being raised didn’t go showing himself to the Pharisees and Sadducees. He showed Himself only to those who had believed in Him already. I wouldn’t do that. I’d like to pass by the Priest’s garden so he’d see me. I’d like to show up in Pilate’s room.
Let me just drive home the point…
Our glory is in our death to self.
The glory is received as we lose sight of self and all we see is Jesus.
Our journey to life is this… A journey of continual surrender… A journey of continual denial of self… A journey of continually being given over to death.
Adelphoi, I tell you the truth and I do not lie, I don’t think I’m anywhere near surrender but one thing I do, I continually desire and ask God to help me. I said that to say that I do not speak from a perspective of one who has attained.
John 12:24-26 (KJV)
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.”
It’s not your passion, it’s not your zeal, it’s not your achievements it’s nothing but complete surrender and obedience.
Oh! Lord, help us!
Our bearing fruit, fruits that abide is in continuous death. Therefore, God sees every exploit or non-exploit not just as an act of obedience but a heart of obedience. A heart that is obeying through the life that springs out by the power of God because it died in surrender.
Oh! dear brother, let your willing obedience not be a vehicle for your selfish interest let it all be about, from and to Our Father.
Jesus!!! The birth of His image in us is our glory!!! The Fullness of His life in us is our glory. Hallelujah to Jesus Christ!
I ask you dear friends that you plead with our Father to cause you to long for the true glorification that comes by being a grain that falls to the ground and dies.
Don’t just fall to the ground… Please die!
I feel like I’m preaching to myself… I hope you were blessed.
I’ll write to you next week. God bless you.
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