Every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit...John 15:2
It is the threshing floor. The circumstances do not matter; they are different for everyone. It is the place of churning and fanning. It is the place that the fruit is separated from the chaff.
It is not a place of comfort or ease, but of paring away the unnecessary, external things attached to us and blowing them away.
The wheat is not the hull it was identified with as it grew in the field. It is the kernel hidden inside, the essential part, that makes it valuable. When we come to the threshing floor, it is to have the dead hulls of our daily lives beaten off.
No one comes joyfully to the threshing floor. The threshing floor experience is always uncomfortable and often painful. It is the place where we are stripped bare. We have no facades to hide behind. We are just ourselves, open and exposed, before our Holy God.
We may come to the threshing floor in our finery but these outer things often cannot bear the heat and intensity of the threshing. No more can we say, "Look at my dance! Look at my praise! Look at what I can do!" All the external things we think so important are stripped away.
In this place, we must come to the understanding that we are not good, or holy, or sufficient by ourselves. We have come to the point that we just look up and say, "Father, here I am. I am helpless and hopeless without You. Promotion doesn't matter to me now. People's opinions of me do not matter. All that does matter to me is You. If You don't rescue , I will be here buffeted by the wind until die."
Somehow, that is the place of surrender...the place of simple trust. We lift our arms to Him knowing that if things don't change, He is still going to be with us and we will be okay. Surrender means that we know that only He gives meaning to our lives, not our crazed activity or our possessions. It means that we say "Amen" to the revelation that Jesus came so we could have and enjoy life in abundance, even if our circumstances are painful or uncomfortable...even on the threshing floor. It means we understand that only He can make the wilderness like a fruitful field.
It is the threshing floor. As we leave it, the Father looks at us with approval, not because we performed well or behaved just right while we were in the fiery trial, but because now we are wheat, bare and ready for His use.
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