To get the most out of a container, it must be gripped tightly, flipped upside down, sometimes shaken, and poured out. Interestingly, believers who desire nothing more than to be mightily used by God, go through a similar process. Have you ever prayed that God would use you? Perhaps, you have questioned your purpose, focusing on the “it”, forgetting the “how.” Our trajectory from used to useless, to useful believers being used, requires positioning of ourselves for the tightest grip of our Father’s will in our lives, a series of events which pry us out of our comfort zones, fearful voyages which shake us up, thus increasing our faith, and an outpour of ourselves for a torrential rain of His purposes in us. Let’s explore.
This prospective positioning must demand passports, radical life changes, and unending resources, right? Nope, to our contentment, repositioning ourselves in the Lord starts with believing what we say we believe about God. Every other prerequisite of changing our position in Him will naturally occur when we grow to a place of understanding that nothing is too hard for God.
“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27
When we face the falsehoods that waltz through our minds with the truth of who God is, we are more inclined to worship the God of the universe, rather than idols of this world. Worshipping God in spirit and in truth, trusting that He is in control, we shift to a perfect position, therefore, hearing and receiving from God. As we worship, letting go of us and clinging to Him, we are apprehended by His will and our will becomes irrelevant. The grip of God’s purposes becomes exceedingly great, so much so, that contradictory habits, friends, even dreams change. Many of us seek to change so much about ourselves, without understanding that the closer we get to our Creator the more we will be transformed. When we seek to initiate change on our own strength and power the results will never measure up to the latter, or be long-lasting.
Alright, great, we are in position, now what? Euphemistically, we are flipped upside down. Spiritually, this bizarre state makes perfect sense. The uncomfortable, unplanned, unrealistic events that soon occur in us, the Poured Out Believers, wiggles us out of our comfort zones, prompting us to either be great or stay stuck in the corner of the figurative container. Hiding in the creases of mediocrity, although all forces are gravitationally pulling us out of the jar, we could choose to stay the same. But why, why do some of us hear the call, the pull, the push to move forward in God and hold on to what once was even tighter, when others have one upside down moment and flee from their former selves into God’s predestined place for them? Fear, panic, insecurity, and sometimes low self-esteem. I can recall quite a few biblical greats saying, “no God, not me!”
“But Moses pleaded with the LORD, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.”” Exodus 4:10
When I turn a container upside down and nothing comes out, knowing there is something I want inside, I shake it. How long do I shake it? Until it comes out. Some may say, “it’s nothing left inside,” “it’s taking too long to come out,” and just through the container away and get a new one. Unlike us, when we purchase containers or jars from the store we invested very little in, we may feel it’s not worth the effort to get our knuckles dirty to get every last bit out of the container, But God! But God made the container and its contents, meaning the beauty and wonder that will bless millions inside of us, as well as the flesh we are wrapped in, is well-known by God. We are too valuable for Him not to take the time to shake us, even dig us out of ourselves to fulfill His perfect plan. Glory!
Lastly, we are poured out. I declare that there is a dual pouring process. The debauchery, horrible habits and pure sin that gnaws at us are poured out, as well as the divine, GREAT, goodness that He placed inside of us from the very beginning.
“”Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”” Jeremiah 1:5
Glory, Hallelujah! When we made that earnest request to be used by God, often not knowing the processes that would occur, we began the process of gripping, flipping, shaking, and pouring out. Some may question the validity of my illustration as they never verbally asked God to use them; however, when we asked Jesus Christ to be our Lord and Savior we were enlisted in God’s army, as well as adopted in His family. Perhaps, you never accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior and after reading this blog may feel that things are already difficult enough. The difference with the irritation, irregularities and improbabilities experienced outside of Christ and inside of the body of Christ is that believers go through this process for divine purposes, and every inconvenient stage is for our good.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
This is a formal invitation to come to know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. Sure you’ll be gripped, turned upside down, shaken, and poured out, but staying inside of that same old vessel will never get you anywhere. Join me in prayer.
Lord, I ask you to come into my heart and do as you please. I ask you to be my Lord and Savior. Please forgive me of my sins. I believe that Jesus is your Son and He died for my sins. I thank you for forgiving and loving me. In Romans 10:9, you said that “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” I thank you for saving me, gripping me, turning me upside down, shaking me, and pouring me out. In the name Jesus, Amen.
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