For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentarily, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison. (2 Corinthians 4:15-17)
This Scripture came to me as I was laying face down at the chiropractor, receiving treatment for my back, which I have had pain the past few weeks. It is getting better, but the slightest twist can cause pain, and I cannot even consider vacuuming (believe me, I tried the other day and it was painful!). This make it difficult to perform even a task as simple as emptying the dishwasher.
As I was on the table at the chiropractor, the Lord gave me two Scriptures. 2 Corinthians 4:15-17 and
Ephesians 4:15-16: But speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
As I pondered these Scriptures, I pressed in to what God was speaking to me through these. The first one seemed to make sense to me because I can remember a time that I was struggling emotionally, and I heard that small still voice (Holy Spirit) inside tell me to read Romans 8:18, which says "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us." It brought me such peace in knowing that there was hope in understanding that this is a momentary affliction. So the same holds true for the back pain.
But Ephesians had me thinking upon things a bit more. There was a deeper meaning to this. As I spent time with the Lord, He showed me a vision of Him and I standing in a field. The crops looked like they were just about ready for harvest. As we stood there, angels gathered around us.
Then the Lord spoke, "the harvest is almost ready, but My people are not. They are not among us to gather the harvest."
I asked the Lord, "What do you mean, Lord?"
The Lord answered, "They believe that they are waiting for Me for a movement, but I am waiting for them to come to Me. The time is now for them to rise up and put aside their lifestyle, their entertainment, even their loved ones, and come away with Me. There will be no more time soon, and they need to make themselves ready. (Isaiah 43).
But they must let go of their ways. I will set before them everything that they need and they will go forth and prosper if they believe. The struggles and afflictions are nothing compared to the glory that is being revealed."
It was then that I understood the second Scripture that He had given. In Romans 12:4, God tells us that "we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function." He also tells us in Ephesians 1:4 that "Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him, in love"
We need to start understanding God's perspective. If He created us for relationship with Him, then we need to be spending time with Him. There are many reasons for this. First, in order to begin to know someone, you really need to spend time with them. That is obvious. I didn't get married by reading a book about my husband. I spent time with him and learned who he was. On another note, we also are all members of one body in Christ. That means we all have a different function for which we were created. We don't just automatically know what that is. We must spend time with our Father in order to allow Him to tell and show us who we are so that we may be able to stand in the authority and love that we are to walk in. It is then that we can know we are holy and blameless before Him, and that we may do greater things that Jesus did when He walked on this earth.
It is time for us to rise up and receive Heaven's perspective in order to bring the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth! The harvest is coming in and the laborers are few (Luke 10:2). We need to rise up and be walking in our calling to help gather the harvest when it is ready. Are you ready?