February 1, 2020
In prayer, there is a specific direction the Holy Spirit gives: Keep building yourself in the silence of the throne room. Keep focusing on building ‘inwardly’. Build yourself on the knowledge of God, His word, and the work of His Spirit. Dig it deeper. Persevere doing it and dedicate your life there. Enjoy the building process inside. Because the death from self will be more real. Without “a perfect” death, there will be no resurrection.
I suddenly remembered the story of John the Baptist. Decades ago, God “kept” him in the process of formation. There were no promotion or fame even he put in the desert.
Luke 1:80 (TLB) The little boy greatly loved God and when he grew up he lived out in the lonely wilderness until he began his public ministry to Israel.
There are many people after hearing the revelation from God about their calling and assignment, they immediately appear to the public without going through the process of formation. Way different from John. He cooperated with the Holy Spirit to live in the death of self. John the Baptist gave himself to be put in a quiet and dry place. He was formed there. It was not easy to live for years in these condition.
From this I learned: God really understands the environment we need to shape us in His hands. God also understands about the people around us who can be used to shape our lives. Our part is: Not complaining about the environment and people. Enjoy the process with thanksgiving and joy. Keep seeing and feeling the existence of God with us. He never misplaces and gives us wrong people. When we can respond appropriately, then our formation becomes very accurate.
The interesting about John the baptist, he knew with for sure from the beginning his assignment was only to prepare the way for God. Nothing more nor less. Amazingly he didn’t complain about being the “second person”. He prepared himself as best he could for that thing. Although he finally continued his own ministry and did not follow Jesus, even doubted him nearing his death, but at least he had followed a phase of the formation of “death from self” well in the desert. That is what we must set as an example. We also can take the lessons of failure so that we don’t repeat the same mistakes.
I became more enthusiastic this morning. What we pursue is not fame, but our calling and task is in one move that the Lord has brought forth. If we can catch it and persevere there, then we will surely succeed in God’s eyes.
And I am more grateful for the life God has given, for the people around me, and for the place/ environment that God has provided. It turns out that everything brings good in my life. And helps to shape my life according to His perfect plan and calling.
Romans 8: 28-30 (NASB) 28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
With the point of view above, I can enjoy life and the complete and perfect formation of God’s hands! Because I know now, that everything I face in this life is good. My part is to focus on His guidance, His voice, and Himself. The rest is His!!
Deuteronomy 28:1 (NASB) “Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.
Ps. Steven Agustinus