(This is a follow-up to my A Time of Anonymity post).
A Time of Receiving and Using the Gift
During the season of my hiddenness, an emptying process was done on me. The Lord found a lot of stuff in me that He needed to unload. The pride that had accumulated in my system throughout my season of soaring and being known, that was unwanted and it had to go. Like all other spiritual processes, the time of emptying, that is, all the unloading, cleaning, sweeping, is equally a long and arduous learning process.
For how can God fill us of Himself, of everything that He has prepared for us, if we are so full of ourselves? In the time of emptying, we yield ourselves to God and let Him empty us of everything that offends. Let our lives be ready and open vessels to receive the good and perfect gifts of God, to fill us up to His satisfaction that we may be worthy to be used by Him, for His kingdom and for His glory.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (James 1:17)
God empties us of things we thought could fully satisfy us to fill us up with things that truly satiate and last through eternity.
Yes, the gifts that come from the Father are good and perfect. These are the ones that truly satiate, that fill us and give true fulfillment in our lives. His gifts are the ones that bring pure joy, the kind that overflows and transcends any other difficulties. His gifts bring solid peace, the kind that heals, strengthens, and vanquishes fears. His gifts, when used with His close guidance, bring blessings, not only to us and our loved ones, but to other people as well.
So, the Lord is so gracious to make me worthy to receive His gifts. And I thank Him everyday and praise His holy name for them. I thank Him for the gift of writing. I’ve long realized that one of the things that gives meaning to life is to be of use. And what could be more excellent than to be used by the Master!
Just like any other gift that we receive from God, we need to cherish and hone it so we can share it to others. We hone it by presenting ourselves to God everyday, like open vessels needed to be refilled, again and again. The gift cannot be of good use without us drawing out of the Fountain of Life Himself – Jesus Christ. Like a water that is left alone in a jar for a long time, it becomes stagnant and a good nesting place for harmful insects, so is the gift that is not cherished and put in good use.
Like water from a fountain, the gift must be flowing freely, steeped with the Lord’s anointing, wisdom and inspiration. Yes, it all comes from Him. We’re only the vessels that temporarily hold the gift until others draw from us, and we serve the water that gives drink of encouragement and hope to the one that is athirst, and carry the oil that lights a lamp in the dark, showing and pointing others to the Way, the Truth, and the Life – our Lord Jesus Christ.
I believe that the talent has been put there by God even before we were born. When “he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world” (Eph. 1: 4), He has planted the gift. He only shows and presents it to us when we’re ready. So if we willingly lay down our lives on the altar of sacrifice, and let the Lord’s work be accomplished in us, He will make ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL. We may not realize it at first, but in His own good time, HE TRULY WILL MAKE EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL, something we’ve never imagined.
Let’s not hasten, therefore, the unfolding of God’s purposes for us or grow faint in waiting, for as like the beautiful breaking of dawn and the wonderful unfurling of the flower’s petals, so He’ll make everything perfect for us.
He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. (Ecc. 3:11)
(The friend I mentioned in my A Time of Anonymity post, the one who gave the card and breakup letter – he did it because he met the Lord Jesus Christ and accepted Him in his life, and wanted to follow Him instead of his heart. My friend decided to choose Him. It was his time to say goodbye and follow where the Shepherd would lead him).
The times of learning and growing don’t end until we reach heaven. But the Lord teaches us to advance, to climb up to the higher ground, where the times are mostly spent filling and refilling ourselves up with the Lord’s anointing to keep our lamps constantly burning. This is how we spend the time of waiting for the Bridegroom.
- From thecretanpotshop.com
- My photo of my lighted capiz candleholder
- My photo of our flower in the garden
- Photo of break of dawn at El Nido, Palawan, Phils. from allposters.com
Linking to Spiritual Sundays