Blest be the tie that binds?

My friend, may I ask you a question? If each of us has the properties needed to do ministry and lead others to Christ, why does God requires pressure and sometimes a twist in order to make sure our potential to minister becomes a reality?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

Since I began doing my own plumbing work around the house there have been a lot of changes. Where everything was once cast iron and stainless pipe, it has been replaced by PVC plastic materials. The old metal and cast pipes were attached with solder, tape or pipe dope. Today’s PVC pipes all use a fast drying solvent. The advantage is that is sets the pipes up for a better bond; the disadvantage is that if you don’t allow the cement to dry properly the pipes will probably leak and be difficult to take apart again due to the parts that did bond with the glue as opposed to those that didn’t. The trick to getting the glue to hold the joints in a PVC pipe together is pressure, the proper twist and enough time. To achieve the bond that you need to have, in order to prevent the inevitable leak, you need to press the joint together, twist it slightly to the right or left, and hold it under pressure for a few seconds. The property of the glue is to bond. That’s what it’s designed to do. Nevertheless, without the pressure and twisting, the properties of the glue aren’t maximized and the bond is jeopardized.

Maximizing the glue in a PVC connection is required or the connection may be worthless. You know something, it’s really no different with you and me. Potentially each of us has the properties needed to do ministry and lead others to Christ. Nevertheless, God requires pressure and sometimes a twist that will probably take some time in order to make sure our potential to minister becomes a reality.

Oswald Chambers writes: “‘Whom the Lord loves He chastens…’ (Hebrews 12:6). How petty our complaining is! Our Lord begins to bring us to the point where we can have fellowship with Him, only to hear us moan and groan, saying, ‘Oh Lord, just let me be like other people!’ Jesus is asking us to get beside Him and take one end of the yoke, so that we can pull together. That’s why Jesus says to us, “My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:30). Are you closely identified with the Lord Jesus like that? If so, you will thank God when you feel the pressure of His hand upon you. ‘…to those who have no might He increases strength’ (Isaiah 40:29). God comes and takes us out of our emotionalism, and then our complaining turns into a hymn of praise. The only way to know the strength of God is to take the yoke of Jesus upon us and to learn from Him.”

The writer to Hebrews explains in Chapter 12:6. “. . . because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” God loves us dearly. The Bible is very clear on this. Nonetheless, his love is not based on who we are or what we are capable of doing. His love is based on love for his Son, Jesus Christ. Christ claims us as his brother, therefore God claims us as his sons and daughters. In that claim he grasps our potential to serve his Church knowing that it will require pressure, twisting and time to turn that potential into reality. This is the tie that binds, the bond between Christ and us which can only happen when he wears a yoke with him standing next to us. Any other binding will not be complete and eventually the spirit of discipleship will leak away. Thank God he never gives up on the pressure, twisting and consuming time.

We pray. Heavenly Father, we don’t like chastening, and hardship makes us think that you’re punishing us for something we’ve done or not done. Forgive us Father when we do not see that chastening and hardship are part of the process of binding us to Christ. Help us to understand that without the pressures, twisting and the precious time, there would be no binding tie. In Jesus name. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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