05-31-11 Refuge by Claiming Produces Proclaiming 724 words
By Robert Schaetzle Sr.
How much we miss the fullest of blessing from not understanding and fulfilling the ‘Great Commission’ mandate. As we are going we’re to be filled with the hope of His redeeming love. Commitment in allowing others to recognize Jesus in us manifests itself in many ways, but the end result should be that others discover the intimate joy of Jesus in themselves.
Yet, more often than not our own desire for intimacy with the Savior is anemic at best. The nourishment necessary for strong faith and building our spiritual body will only resolve itself through commitment to be fed daily from the ‘Source of Life.’
Pastors lament over their family of believers when evidence shows too much attachment to the world around us, or despair and grieving is heard, rather than more witnessing the fruit of God’s holiness.
Only when we desire and discipline ourselves to spend time daily in God’s word along with as much time in prayer and meditation to digest what our Lord feeds us, will we overcome our spiritual anemia.
Our youngest son is a computer engineer who, when he was a young boy still at home taking piano lessons, I would get on his case about spending more time at the key board practicing.
Probably 15 years later when we purchased a new computer and I sought him for assistance on operating procedures, he taught me about reaping what I sow. His reply to me, “Dad, you remember when I was taking piano lessons and you kept on me to practice? …well sit down and practice!”
I wanted him to do for me what only practice on my own with our new computer would allow me to understand about the new vocabulary and procedures of operation.
Our daily need for practice in meditation upon God’s Holy Word will indeed bring individuals hope over anxiety, calm instead of frustration and anger. But we must begin. Practice does make improvement. When at first you don’t succeed try something better, learning to lean more upon His resources.
People who ask me, “How ya doing today Bob?” My reply, “I’m still growing and learning! We know the Lord as the cornerstone to our faith, but a daily measure of His Word along with more quiet time in prayer matures us from the milk bottle level of our faith walk, to maturing more Christlike character.
Christ must be our refuge in every little detail of our growing and learning. The more we glean from His resources, the less we’ll rely upon human reasoning. John the Baptist said it so well, ‘We must decrease in order for Him to increase.’
It’s then we begin to proclaim what we claim. Others will witness the very presence of His Holiness, sometimes without any spoken word.
The Apostle James admonishes us, ‘know this, my beloved brethren, let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak. But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.’ [my emphasis] [James 1:19, 22]
I challenge each one of you, begin another step forward in your faith walk. Strengthen your refuge, as you witness the power of His promise. Your daily diet of His word and equal time in prayer, will allow others to witness your ‘Proclaiming Him’ with fewer words, because Christ’s love in you will manifest for others, a bountiful stream of living water in you that will never dry up.
Our walk by faith of being “In Jesus Christ” is what brings assurance and confidence to our salvation, building our hope on tomorrows yet before us, with a permanent resting place for us to turn with gratitude within our heart.
As we begin a daily feeding upon God’s word we’ll begin to witness our ‘faith walk’ take on new values of Christlikeness more of who we are, rather than what we might speak. ‘As we think in our heart, so are we,’ as Solomon shares from Proverbs. Our Lord said it best from His Sermon on the Mount what He spoke, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” As you begin to treasure more of Jesus in your own faith walk, that refuge in Him will transfer into others a greater proclamation of His love, more than words will ever say.