A friend of mine sent me a voice-note recently to tell me about having an open-heart surgery. She said she planned on having one and reached out to me because she felt I would like one too. Physically speaking, she wasn’t sick and neither was I. However, spiritually speaking, we both knew we were in desperate need of this operation.
She told me that the surgeon was going to be the Holy Spirit and how His work to beautify our lives was perfect. I dropped my phone and began thinking. An open-heart surgery…did I want it? If it beautifies our lives why do we all not partake of it?
Hebrews 12:11 replies: “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it”
I guess the reason why wanting the Holy Spirit as a heart surgeon is not a popular demand is because we won’t be under anesthesia when He does his work. No matter how much we want to be. We simply will not. We’ll feel the pain of this process and experience the pricks as each needle pierces us to solve one problem or the other. We’ll experience the pain of being stitched back together and we would most times long to call out ENOUGH!
All of this begs the question: why do some not cower in the face of all this? Why should they choose to remain? Because the work of Christ in us is one that will surely bring us to perfect peace. Because we can count on the work of the potter. We can count on His love for us. Because we can be sure that though He disciplines us, He disciplines only in due measure Jeremiah 30:11 “I will discipline you but only in due measure”.
Why did Paul choose to stay and persevere through the work of the Holy Spirit in him, why did he choose to stay with Christ regardless of the pain? Because;
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” Romans 8:18
The joy, peace and righteousness that comes after we are been transformed in all likeness of Christ is not worth comparing to the pain of each present moment. The prolific writer, Bob Gass states it this way,
“Whenever you see someone whose life reflects the character of Christ – you’re looking at somebody who’s been through the fire”
I reframe this thus;
“Whenever you see someone whose life reflects the character of Christ – you’re looking at somebody who has undergone Christ’s open heart surgery”
On the other side of the pain we feel now – each time we submit to the instruction of God – is us moving in little but sure steps towards that transformation. Because, He who began the good work in our lives would surely bring it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus – Philippians 1:6
But we have got let Him do the work, I have got to let Him work, I have got to fully submit and give Him all rights to my life. I have got to sign away the papers, sign away all claims and be willing to be just a clay in the hands of the potter. And so do you. We can keep moving, trusting that everything would work together for our good as he has promised in Romans 8:28
Trusting in the ceaseless and unfailing love in His hands to work its wonders, shape us in the right places that at the end of it all, we might be able to stand firmly.
Are you ready to go through the pain for Christ’s work to be accomplished in your life?
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