The Call Is Holy
By Norma Vera
Saying “Father if it is your will, remove this cup from me; never – the-less not my will but yours be done.” And being in agony, he prayed more earnestly. Luke 22:42, 44
I recently read an article that talked about how weak and emotionally wounded the Church is today. The world is full of hurting people even though we are the most advanced and richest generation that ever lived.
We are far from being anything like the First Church. The power, courage, and love they had for Christ, was unprecedented to anything we have today. Their passion to live and die for Him was the paramount cry of their heart. Hebrews 11 gives an inside view of what they were like.
What will it take to transform the Church to its former glory? I believe it will take absolute surrender. We ask, how do we do that? It is not what we do but what the Holy Spirit does in us and through us.
My friend Jerry Wadley illustrated a story about the coffee bean. To me it was a fine example of what it will take to turn us back to holiness.
The coffee bean is hard and strong just like the heart of man. In order to be useful, the little bean has to be completely broken, and so it is. It is crushed until it becomes one with the other beans – to the point where no one can tell which bean is which.
Still the process is not complete. It is not refined enough to have the value and purpose it was intended to have. In order to bring these little beans into its highest potential, scalding water is poured over them. It is there that the true transformation begins. They are no longer many beans, but one. With one flavor, one aroma, one substance and one purpose. Even more miraculous, they have become one with the water. It is now a rich liquid substance with a heavenly aroma. Even its name has changed, from coffee beans, to Coffee.
In the heat of the pot is a great eternal mystery: like the baby formed in the womb – or the metamorphosis of the caterpillar becoming a butterfly. Can our finite minds understand how the coal turns into a diamond under enormous pressure – or a tiny seed become a huge oak tree in the darkness of the earth. Who can understand such divine mysteries?
I believe it is God’s desire that the heart of man become one with the Living Water, and with one another. This process will enable us as a body to send a holy aroma for the world to see, taste, and smell.
Unfortunately, most of us never get to the purifying water part. Because our inclination when the crushing begins is to cry, “Heavenly Father, I would that this grinding, and crushing cup pass from me.”
The secret to maturing in holiness is not only to be crushed but to pass through the heat of his trying furnace. It is then that we desire to embrace the invisible and let go of the visible – so it can be no longer us, but Christ in us the hope of glory!
Let’s stop and consider our children who come after us. We are the teachers, the trainers, the molders of them. They come to us like an empty computer – everything they know they learned from us. They mimic what they see us do.
Studies show that by the time, a child is four or five years old, they already developed their mindset (a way of thinking) that will rule them for the rest of their lives.
Christ is to them what our walk reveals. If they fail to see Righteousness in us they may never see it anywhere else. We are their North Star that points them to the way of holiness. The reflection of Christ in an earthly mirror, and a yielded vessel before a Great King!