Remember the little book, Teddy’s Button, from the Lamplighter’s Rare Collector’s series? The young boy, Teddy, is a naughty child who accepts Jesus into his heart and struggles to fight for his heavenly Captain. He soon realizes his worst enemy is himself, and names that “old self” Bully. Teddy tries hard, but finds that he sometimes loses the fight with Bully, and learns to lean on his Captain for assistance.
Well, today I feel like Teddy. My “Bully” has been appearing much more and fighting much harder than I want him to. And over the past few days, God has been dealing with me in many areas that I haven’t been wholly devoting to Him. Conviction is setting in, and it isn’t a pleasant feeling.
But because of that conviction, I’m back to where I always should be – at the feet of Jesus begging Him to empty me of myself and fill me up with His Spirit. I’m back in the little valley of self-realization, where I begin to realize the foolishness of my “wisdom” (1 Cor. 1:25), the selfish motives of my “service,” and the limit to my knowledge compared with the Almighty God.
I’ve messed up. Instead of aiming to point others to Christ through every conversation, I constantly wondered about their opinions of ME. I’ve kept silent while passing strangers when a cheerful “Good morning!” could have made their day that much better. I have not taken “every thought captive” (2 Cor. 10:5), but instead let words flow out of my mouth without thinking of the effect they might have on their hearer. I’ve wasted minutes throughout the day that could have been used to guide my heart back to its Maker, and I’ve allowed material things just a little bit more priority in my life than they deserved. But every little thing does matter, and little things build up.
I’ve willingly exchanged SO MUCH – the Lord’s strength and power over sin – for SO LITTLE – the temporary gratification of my flesh.
Yesterday, I listened to a message that related us as Christians to a broken piece of mirror. A mirror is not a source of light, but if clean, can reflect the light of the sun into dark places. As children of God, we are just the same. We are not the light, but if we are free from sin’s stain, we can reflect the Son’s light into darkness. But as my pastor pointed out a couple of weeks ago, we cannot radiate Christ unless we have spent time in His presence.
I’ve heard so many messages about building our days around our time with the Lord and NOT the other way around, yet I’ve been tumbling into bed exhausted after another busy day, spending only as much time in the Word as I had to in order to support my claim that I do read my Bible every day.
But the Lord is emptying me once again of myself and all my follies, so that He may fill me up with His Holy Spirit. Pain may be involved in the process, but the result will be more glorious than I can imagine!!!
O Jesus, come! Reveal to me who You are; show me what it means to radiate with Your love, joy and peace! Meet me in my weakness and be my strength. Guide me as I walk the road of life, and help me to always do everything to Your glory. I truly want nothing except what brings glory, honor, and souls to You. Keep me on Your path, Lord – I am sooo imperfect and I need You to help me through. Draw me ever closer to You!