Conduits for Christ
I was recently going through some old books and things from my father. I had forgotten that he had written two short devotional 'books' about his memories and stories of his life. These were self published, but each of them are as precious to me and my siblings, as any NY Times bestseller. The titles are: Living with the Lantern Lit and Keep your candle burning. I began reading through them again, and came to a short one entitled "Conduits for Christ".
Doesn't that sound an awful lot like "Rivers Not Reservoirs"? You know, my Dad was a pretty smart guy! He was also a Conduit for Christ - a River Not a Reservoir. His article is below. I hope it speaks to you as it did to me.
Letting Him Flow through Us!
"It was only a board but it was an altar where God met me. It was only the steering wheel of my car but it was an altar where God met me. It was only my pillow but it was an altar where God met me. It was a shovel and a pick but it was an altar where God met me.
The most unlikely places have at times been where God moved close and touched my heart. They were times when my heart was reaching out for God. I needed him! I always do, but sometimes I am more aware of my need than at other times. I am more desperate! My human weakness is more apparent. The task or responsibility is greater than I know I can handle. I must go to the source of strength. I must go to the source of wisdom. I must go to the One who will stand with me.
Finally, I came to the place where I realized that any task for God is greater than my human effort can accomplish. I have come to believe that when the awards are given out in heaven it will be 'Well done, as you have allowed me to flow through you. You have been my conduit,' Only when I allow the Holy Spirit complete unrestricted flow through my life will I see the miraculous accomplishments that only He can produce. How foolish we are to think that we can take credit for any of it.
I had a plumbing problem in my little house in Yuma, AZ. When I took out the pipe, I found that it was almost totally closed off by the minerals in the water and was only allowing a tiny stream of water to flow.
Sometimes the carotid arteries taking blood to our brains clog up much the same way as the plumbing in my house. This results in impaired thinking, dizziness, and confusion. We can make irrational and wrong decisions because of it.
If we are to be the conduits that the Lord wants us to be, it will require the intentional and habitual walking in His presence. It will require the ‘cleaning out’ of the plumbing, and the wrong thinking and it will require intentional frequenting of the "altars" along the journey.
How awesome it is that he has told us to come boldly to him and we will find grace and mercy to help in our time of need. Will you join me in seeking out these 'altars' Will you join me in praying the following:
"Lord flow through me. Flow through me with understanding. Flow through me with compassion. Flow through me with the love that only can come from the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit. Clear out of my life anything that would hinder your flow through me.” And make me a ‘Conduit’ of it all. "
Rev. Elvin D. Leavell 1993