July 31, 2010 "Reveal Me; not you"
Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written By: Teresa Criswell
"Then Jesus answered and said to them "Most assuredly I say to you the Son can do nothing of Himself but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does the Son also does in like manner."
~ John 5: 19 ~
"Reveal Me. Reveal Who I Am.
I have not called you to reveal who you are.
Revealing yourself only causes others to stumble."
When I heard those words, at first I folded my arms, scowling with a frown as my lips and nose contorted as a spoiled child. I remember saying to myself, "That's not nice!" Now if you're reading this, please realize this all happened very fast when conviction came upon me as a 'suddenly'. Immediately fear and trembling set in of Whom I was attempting to manipulate with my little tantrum. As repentance was made available at that very moment, I am glad to say that I did turn very quickly as a child being disciplined and said, "Yes Lord...Truth."
At that very moment, I was reminded of my Savior Jesus. Jesus revealed the Father God. Everything He did upon this earth walking in compassion, mercy, forgiveness, healing, deliverance, setting free; He did it all with great purpose; to reveal the Father God (John 5). He never boasted in who He was; He boasted in His Father.
The day I heard, "Reveal Me. Reveal Who I Am" made such an impact and freed me from performance and led me into action with gladness. I had no idea I was performing. My intentions were to obey; yet I found that the motives of my heart were still about 'me'. This revelation has been a simultaneous grieving yet joyful moment. The grieving or sorrow that led my heart to repent, caused transformation (II Corinthians 7:9). I didn't grieve because I had to let go of that which was being revealed; I was grieving with sorrow over unintended disobedience.
This revealing was another beginning of the process of the life He has called me to; not what I think it should be. I turned from that thing that was supposedly good and turned to God who is awesome all the time. My Father God loves me so much that He is willing to take the time to excavate and explore the hidden places within my heart. The grime and the dirt of pride He is beyond willing to continue and hold my hand; lovingly showing forth His everlasting mercy upon me through this process.
In this time I have been reminded Who is within me. He is reminding me that His Divine Nature is within me. The world is in need of His Divine Nature to be revealed; not my sin nature. I am reminded that I am only the container; and what flows forth is what others will be enamored by. Just as the cliffs spill forth the glorious waterfalls; the amazing sight is what comes billowing forth from the mouth of the cliffs. It is not the mouth of the cliffs that is amazing; but what comes flowing forth with such power and majesty!
"I didn't grieve because I had to let go of that which was being revealed; I was grieving with sorrow over unintended disobedience." -- This really speaks to the challenge we face as Christians.
I believe that the unintended disobedience is where we struggle because it's subtle, often unnoticed and seemingly innocent.
Thanks for sharing your heart's concern. May we who call ourselves followers of Christ freely allow Him to be revealed in us.
Blessings and peace.
You are a great writer and have such a beautiful heart for the Lord. Thanks for sharing! And thank you for your kind, sweet comments on my blog. They made me smile :)ReplyDelete
Such a great post, Teresa! Wherever we go, we take Jesus with us. Whatever we say, we reveal the One (or one) within us. Loved this. Blessings to you!ReplyDelete
I see where you're going with this. And you're right, the world is in need of His Divine Nature.
The sentence, "I am reminded that I am only the container; and what flows forth is what others will be enamored by," is a wonderful reminder that He is the potter and we are the clay.
The remarkable thing to me is that God doesn't need us. But He allows us to be a part of the work that is the miracle of transforming lives.
Thank you for a great post! God bless!