“What we do as followers of Christ flows out of who we are in Christ.” Scott Savage, Minister to Young Adults, North Phoenix Baptist Church
Years ago in the wee hours of the night, I sensed I was to immerse myself in the love of the Father. These words were new to me. When I woke, my heart was full of great desire to learn the art of immersion. Immersion into the heart of the One who has plans and purposes for me to fulfill, hopes and dreams He has established in His heart for me.
Immersion into an ocean of love meant I would change. Immersion would change the way I thought, felt and acted. Could I allow love to write on my heart, could I yield to His waves of unending love?
Would I surrender all that was unsecured in my life and instead hold tightly to that which the Cross had secured for me? It would mean choosing by faith, as acts of my will, to love, forgive, exercise grace and manifest patience and long-suffering. My character would be marked by gentleness and humility as I esteemed and honored others knowing that the Lord’s heart broke for them the same as it had done over me.
Would I be faithful to let acts of kindness and doing good to others mark my life and would I look for Him in the lives of others?
In the light of His glory, shining upon the garden that is my life I have learned love is the stake that secures all that grows. The Master Gardener teaches me to yield to His gentle hands of love as He forms in me the character and nature that is a reflection of His.
I have discovered great joy in the gentleness of His grace as He tills and weeds the soil of my heart.
The rains have come, the north winds have blown upon my garden and all unsecured by the stake of love would die. He has built me, His garden within the confines of the Rock, enclosed within His hedge of protection. The rains fall, the north winds blow and the safest position has been face down before the Almighty. Before Him, I may be low but He sees the depth and strength of my roots in Him.
He speaks peace to my heart with these words, “Will you learn to recognise My footsteps and see where I have walked within the garden of your heart? I am accomplishing a wonderful work in you. Can you see the glory light hovering over; can you see the piercing shafts of lovelight enter your heart, swirling in your soul causing your body to follow hard after Me? Will you rise and walk in the completeness of My work allowing the shafts of lovelight secure you, separate you and sanctify your life for Me?”
The rains come from Him; the wind is His breath, stripping away all things superfluous, only that which is pure remains. So let the rains fall on my garden, let the winds blow and the fire lick the ground of my garden.
This is Jesus working in my life separating, staking and securing.
I am His workmanship, created to do good works He has planned long ago and it is only as I yield to the power of the One who brings the rain, wind and fire that I flow with Him and float in the ocean of His love, immersed in His love, living the whole of my life in the depths of Him.