This is the concluding post in the series, You Say I Am. To start reading from the beginning, click on the link, Who You Say I Am – My Person in Christ.
From his innermost being will flow continually rivers of living water. ~John 7:38 (AMP)
A friend of mine once shared a whimsical, yet true personal story that teaches a valuable life lesson. One day, when he and another friend were cooking in the kitchen, they discovered one of the steps in the recipe they were following was to “briskly stir, or whisk” the ingredients together. To add a little excitement to the experience (as all good cooks like to do from time to time), they decided to experiment with a rather unlikely stirring instrument – a cordless drill fitted with the mixer’s whisk attachment – as if their recipe book had been written by Tim the Toolman Taylor!
I must admit, when in the “heat of a cooking moment,” experimenting often sounds like a fun idea. However, adding an implement designed for speed to a scenario that demands finesse, suggests that this idea may have been a star-crossed recipe for a minor kitchen disaster. You can probably imagine the outcome, so I probably don’t have to paint the whole messy picture – but yes, the walls were painted…with dinner! As well, so were the two cooks…one holding a dripping drill, the other gripping an empty bowl, and both laughing nervously at each other as the walls marinated in the main course.
The application of an original design, whether a person or thing, is most glorifying to its creator when employed according to its intended construct. When a high-speed device meets a bowl full of static matter, the laws of physics will prove the faultiness of the idea. However, when a man or woman of God ceases to live outwardly as a mixer when they are really a drill, and as they stop putting on cloaks of self-righteousness and put on the robe of emptiness, and when the church stops appearing “filled up,” and starts living “poured out,” then they can be used mightily by God, like a flowing river of life in the dry desert of our lost and dying world. Continue reading