Well it's the following morning... from my last post. I was so passionate with what I shared there, what and Who I had come to see and desire.
Funny how one can feel so positively sure one moment and then question the next. My passion for Him and wanting to so be with Him has not changed. But what I saw this morning upon wakening was much needed to see the Picture more clearly and fully. His Picture... His Purposes... His Life in me.
(Anyone visiting here I hope you do read my previous post if you haven't already.)
I think this is what I am seeing more clearly as Paul was convinced:
"For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me." - PHILIPPIANS 1:21-26Well except for the dying part in what he said that is becoming my desire more and more. But today I see more clearly the need to remain. We Jesus people have not been saved for ourselves but set apart, called to be salt and light, and ambassadors for Him in what appears to be a quickly dying world.
Okay, in my own words...
I see that we didn't accept Jesus as a get-out-of-hell card (okay that's a given I hope). We, His Church, His Body, are growing in knowing Him and knowing the depth of love He has for us. Christ came to save, teach, encourage, provide, heal. We're here, living with Him in us (as us) to be His life to others.
So that we might win some, win as many... over to Him... for theirs and the Kingdom's sake. This is His will. There is still work to be done. Let's be willing to be those crushed grapes and poured out wine for Him.
And we be learning.