Life as a River
The Fly and the Fly-Paper
“Got to have it.. that is mine”, he says to himself. And in he swoops …
but you know what happens next, don’t you?
The fly-paper has the final word…
“You little fly are mine”.
What the fly thought he would possess,
actually possesses him.
We live in a culture and a day, when our worth is often viewed by how much we possess. We are constantly working to grow our possessions. ‘I’ve got to have it’; ‘That will make me important, worthwhile, feel safe, feel secure, feel in control. And we soon get caught up in a subconscious drive to possess more.
Our spiritual life is not immune from this either. Not everything in our lives is driven by the need to posses more material possessions. However, I wonder if there aren't areas of my life where the desire to possess still is alive and well?
How many times have I thought - ‘If I only had more of Christ’.
How often have I prayed, "Lord, I need more of you'?
How often have I thought that I have Christ as one of my possessions?
How often have I thought that becoming a Christian ‘adds to my life’.
How many times have I quoted: Phil 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ- (but subconsciously really mean) 'I can do all things with Christ on my side'?
I wonder if I view Christ 'in my life' as my most valuable possession - but still a possession.
Don’t get me wrong - I get it - Yet, I am coming to believe that I have it backwards.
It is Christ who needs to posses MORE or ALL of me.
"Either Christ is Lord of all, or He is not Lord at all."
It is pretty simple - but not easy.' I must die to self.
Until then, Christ is my possession and I will use Him as I desire,
in much the same way I use all of the other ‘possessions’ of my life.
I recently read this statement:
When the self-life expires,
Christ will possess ME fully for Himself
as naturally as air rushes into a vacuum.
My prayer today
'Lord, will you so completely indwell (possess) every part
of my life, that your life will be completely reproduced in me.'
And that my friends is what I believe is the key to becoming a River and not a Reservoir
And as John Maxwell would say: Just a thought.
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