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Ashamed

Ashamed

17 September 2009

Scripture:

10 “Son of man, describe to the people of Israel the Temple I have shown you, so they will be ashamed of all their sins. Let them study its plan, 11 and if they are ashamed of what they have done, describe to them all the specifications of the Temple—including its entrances and exits—and everything else about it. Tell them about its decrees and laws. Write down all these specifications and decrees as they watch so they will be sure to remember and follow them. (Ezekiel 43:10-11 NLT)

I noticed this scripture many years ago and I’ve always thought about it in terms of church leaders casting vision to inspire and motivate people and then explaining the plan and the process after the people really “catch the vision.”

This morning it became very personal to me. As I read this and the parallel reading in Revelation 22 – (included here for your viewing pleasure) The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life. (Revelation 22:17 NLT) – I felt my Father speaking directly to me about spiritual hunger and thirst and about a repentant, teachable heart.

When I get glimpses of God’s glorious purpose, or when God stirs my heart with a glimpse of what he could do with my life were it fully yielded to him, I am ashamed of my small thinking, my selfishness, my self-limited faith and expectation. My heart responds with Mary, “May it be unto me according to your will and your word!”

When I hear the Spirit say “Come and drink freely from the water of life,” I nearly gag on the stale, dirty water of my own battered canteen. I’m stirred with a new hunger and thirst. I’m determined not to be satisfied with yesterday’s leftovers or with lukewarm water from a stagnant puddle!

Prayer:

Father, forgive me for my pitiful self-efforts at being the man you’ve called me to be and doing the work you designed me for. Please fill my heart and mind with what you see in me and what you see for me. I am hungry and thirsty. Lead me to the river of the water of life, to the ever-flowing stream. Let me drink deeply and delightedly! Please never let me be content with my own plans and efforts and my own stale canteen. Amen.

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