God’s Longing

John Ortberg has this great quote in his book The Me I Want To Be,

“Here is a great secret of the Bible: Your longing to become all you were meant to be is a tiny echo of God’s longing to begin the new creation…When your life is devoted to yourself, it is as small as a grain of wheat. When your life is given to God, however, it is as if that grain is planted in rich soil, growing into part of a much bigger project (18,19).”

We receive life from the outside in so it can be given away from the inside out. The more we give ourselves away to God and his mission, the more like our true selves we become. Biblically speaking, the Spirit-led life is the only life that is truly life!

I want to be a source of life and strength for others as opposed to being a drain on people’s time and resources. I want people to be blessed because I am in their lives and I assume you want that for yourself too. The only way that can happen however is if your heart is filled to overflowing with the Spirit of God. Ortberg again: “The only way to become the person God made you to be is to live with the Spirit of God flowing through you like a river of living water.”

Let’s face it; sometimes it feels like there’s a great big dam keeping God’s Spirit from flowing through us. We feel disengaged and distant from God more often than we admit, but, God desires to open the floodgates. He really does. He wants to give us life. He wants us to be free from ” everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles (Heb.12:1).”

So, we take him at his word. We sit down after the kids are in bed, the TV off, wife or hubby in another room, Bible open, journal open, a candle lit and we invite God in. We confess sin, we give thanks, we worship, we read our favourite Scriptures, we open our hearts and emotions to God and we let him open the floodgates.

After all, you are a vital part of the new creation and God is longing to see all that you are meant to be.

 

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