♣ Refined for Him
Posted by Shade of the Moriah Tree
“Ask of Me and I will make the nations Your heritage and the ends of the earth Your possession” – Psalm 2:8.
WE HEAR IT often said that the reason why we go through trials is for our refining and while there is truth in such a statement, there can also be a great misleading. Today’s prevalent motivational speaking (worlds apart from Biblical preaching) endorses and promotes self-preservation and improvement. This is no different from secular society at its best that always strives to elevate itself to the pinnacle of self-satisfaction.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28) is that beloved verse that brings unspeakable comfort and encouragement to millions around the globe, but I wonder how many see the ultimate purpose of such glorious truth. The chief end of such a promise is that God’s purposes shall unfold. Modern evangelicalism has cleverly laid the emphasis on our progress rather than us being caught up into God’s story. We have heard it said that, “History is His-story” and when the ages of time have reached their culmination, we shall plainly see that it was really all about God and not us.
Salvation is not necessarily about our deliverance from sin and hell, nor is it about us being delivered from misfortune, although some of these are the effects of knowing peace with God (Romans 5:1); our ultimate purpose for tasting God’s salvation is what Peter states, to be “a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9). The crowning glory of God’s mercy is that we are saved from wasting our lives in corruption to being enabled to live our lives to the full in order to bear as much fruit for God and the kind that lasts. The seed of lasting fruit is the discerned will of God and yet so many who are busy doing works in ‘Christ’s’ name will soon wake up to the alarm that it was ultimately done unto themselves and not for the glory of God whatsoever (Matthew 7:21-23).
When God refines, it never results in us being wrapped up in our ‘whiteness’; godly desires for holiness never leave us feeling proud about ourselves – that is the ‘holier than thou’ attitude that reeks in the sight of God and is a hindrance to the those who are seeking truth in darkness. God purifies us so that we will be holy unto Him, not to exhibit ourselves before others so that they will speak highly of us. True holiness will divert others from looking at you to seeing Christ. When after having spent time with spiritually mature Christians, the lasting impression left on you is never themselves but God; there is left with you a burning desire in your heart to know God better. Those are the kind of spiritual fathers and mothers that are so lacking today.
“…if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith – may be found to result in praise and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:6-7). Our regeneration beginning with the Author of our salvation will be brought to completion to the praise of Him; we will see, like we never have done before, as to why we were saved for His glory; no dimness shall inhibit our sight as to coming to the full realisation, that all of us, who have been redeemed through the ages of time, are Christ’s inheritance bought with His own very blood; we are His very own possession.
The Christian way certainly does entail joy and life in abundance, but they are never to be put before the preeminence of Christ’s glory in our salvation. He died for us so that we will no longer live unto ourselves, but unto Him – to please Him, to honour Him, to ascribe unto Him (not just in word) all the glory. Just as the Lamb is the only One worthy to untie the scroll, so there is no other to whom we should attribute glory, honour and praise. Our foremost heart-longings in reaching heaven and standing in our glorified state should be to see Him for the first time; to see Him in all His glory and majesty. Is that not what heaven is going to be: Him, the Triune Godhead unveiled before our eyes – God dwelling with man?
Our time here is preparing us for that occasion. Without being tried by fire we shall never gaze on the All-Great Consuming Fire and live. God will make all His glory to pass before us; not only will His back be seen, as in the case with Moses, but His face shall be seen. We shall behold Him. Our loftiest words pitifully fail to describe and the greatest mortal imagination stalls to even begin comprehending what the overawed seraphim see.
“And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, He has now reconciled in His body of flesh by His death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before Him…” (Colossians 1:21-22).
Posted on April 17, 2014, in ♣ Devotional and tagged 1 Peter 1:6-7, 1 Peter 2:9, Author of salvation, Christ's glory, Christ's inheritance, Christ's possession, Colossians 1:21-22, Consuming Fire, devotional, fruit for God, glorify God, God's mercy, godly desires, heaven, holiness, holy unto God, honour God, joy, know God, life in abundance, majesty, Mark Anthony Williams, modern evangelicalism, motivational speaking, overawed, Please God, Psalm 2:8, purifies, Refined for Him, refining, regeneration, salvation, self-improvement, self-preservation, self-satisfaction, seraphim, spiritual fathers, spiritual mothers, spiritually mature, ultimate purpose. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.