A visitor to a large factory watched a man operating a machine which traced a pattern from a blueprint on the adjoining bench onto a sheet of steel and used a fiery torch of high density to cut the 8 inch thick steel plate into the required pattern. He marvelled at the ingenuity of the mechanics and the precision with which it operated.
As he watched, he found that at times the flame made no impression on the metal. Then the operator sprayed a chemical over the resisting patch and the cutting resumed. The operator explained that although the torch easily cut through 8 inches of clean steel, the flame was unable to penetrate even the slightest film of rust on the surface. As soon as the rust was removed, the cutting continued.
God has a ‘blueprint’ for my life
and Holy Spirit is working in me to produce that perfect image.
Ephesians 4:13 (Amplified)
“that we arrive at really mature manhood –
the completeness on personality
which is NOTHING LESS
than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection:
the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ,
and the completeness found in Him”
“Who is able to keep you from falling
and to present you FAULTLESS before the presence of His glory”
What can hinder Him in His work? I can
Just as rust on the steel plate stopped the process,
“rust” in my life will hinder His work.
If I allow the cares of this world, or the temptations of this world to affect me,
or if I fail to spend time in His Word and in communion with Him,
His work of shaping me is hindered until that area is cleansed.
We all need to ask God
to reveal any area of “rust” in our lives that prevents His work in us.
We must be willing to
“come out from among them and be separate, and touch not the unclean”
2 Corinthians 6:17
We need to
“reckon ourselves to be dead indeed unto sin” and “yield ourselves unto God” Romans 6:11,13.
We need to
“FLEE these things . . .
FOLLOW after righteousness . . .
FIGHT the good fight of faith”
1 Timothy 6:11-12
To Thee, Thou dying Lamb, I all things owe:
All that I have and am; and all I know.
All that I have is now no longer mine,
And I am not my own: Lord, I am Thine.
Charles Edward Mudie
Take Thou my love, O Lord, and consecrate it;
Burn out the dross and make it all Thine own.
Save me from self and all of earth’s ambitions
Until self has died, and Thou dost reign alone.
If God loved you according to your love for Him, where would you be?