Saturday, 3 December 2011

Sanctification (2)

While cleaning the pool again this morning the thought came to me: Why am I cleaning this pool? Obviously because I hope to swim in it some time soon. Then the next thought came to me: why is the Lord cleaning us continuously in the same way (cf. previous post)? Because He is holy and wants us to be holy so that He can have fellowship with us and us with Him.

Rev.3:20 - "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have a feast with him, and he with me."

Sanctification (1)

I stay on a farm with only sun panels for electricity currently. I also have a small pool outside the house that needs a diesel generator to drive its pump (the sun panels do not provide enough power). The generator is still being fixed with the result that the pool became very dirty with leaves, sticks and other dirt sinking right to the bottom.

As summer started, I started cleaning the pool with a net as far as possible. While doing this, the Spirit showed me that this is the way He cleanse us as Christians. If I just skimmed the surface of the pool, it looks fairly clean, but all the muck still lies at the bottom. When I actually scraped along the bottom with the net, all the muck came up and dirtied the water and I needed to skim the surface again to get rid of the "new" leaves. In the same way He sometimes need to reach down into the insides of our heart to "stir things up" so that the deep sin lying there can come to the surface, be confessed and cleansed by the blood of Messiah (1 John 1:7-9). But, over the days the whole pool, including the bottom, was becoming clean.

Jer. 17:9-10 - "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.