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Something About Silver

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Something About Silver

Author: Margaret D. MItchell
Created: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008

In spending quiet time with God yesterday, I looked straight ahead of where I was seated at a silver serving tray on my coffee table. The tray has been there for about a year, and I've used it once--about a month ago when I hosted a few friends for lunch. I noticed it was slightly tarnished.

As I began to pray and worship the Lord, He spoke to my heart saying that the serving tray is like some of His servants in that it has the potential to function but, instead, it just sits there doing nothing. He went on to say that there was nothing on the tray because it wasn't filled up with anything to serve.

The tray was double-handled. I believe the Lord spoke to my heart again saying that He has a double portion to give His people if we would just get filled up by spending more time with Him.

These revelations convicted my heart. I wondered what and how much we are missing out on by not increasing our intimate time alone with God. He so desires to fellowship with us. But too often we choose to go about our agendas and give Him five or ten minutes here or there. How sad.

One of the qualities of silver is that it tarnishes quicker if not used. What a metaphor! How many of us have been purified, like silver, but just set in complacency, not being used for divine purposes?

As I began to pray about this, the Lord revealed that repentance is the key. Repentance will unlock the door for Him to hear our prayers, for us to receive answers to our prayers, to receive His portion, more of His love and all the good things He desires to give us.

How often do we work and work and work, yet if we would just increase our time with our Lord, He would work on our behalf in ways that we could not. I have seen Him prove this principle time and again.

Why do we toil? Have we become insensitive? Do we not trust God enough to help us? Do we falsely believe that our responsibilities are more important than He?

As I came to close my prayer of repentence, the Lord led me to Isaiah 55, which is subtitled, "Invitation to the Thirsty." I gasped! Do you know what I served on that silver tray when I last had my friends over? Refreshments! I was so amazed at God creative way of getting His point across.

What do you need to repent of? The Holy Spirit knows the whole of our hearts. Ask Him to reveal any sins that you are unaware of so that you may be positioned to receive more of Him to serve.

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What an amazing comparison !

I'm just pondering at the mount of tarnish that
my life had collected over the years...

Cleaning silver is a time-consuming job;
I wonder if God feels that way about the sin in my life?

Just think...the more time I spend with Jesus,
the more people see Jesus in me .

May I be quick to seek the Lord when sin seeks to tarnish -
May my life reflect Jesus, as silver reflects like a mirror.

"Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow..."
Isaiah 1:18 NIV

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