The Way of Release
"Let him who boasts boast in the Lord"–1 Cor. 1:31
I am to cease to look for improvements in myself, or to center my attention around what I feel or don’t feel, whether I an this or have that, why I fail in this or am defeated in that–the whole outlook on life which fixes my attention on myself and my reactions or my adequacies or inadequacies.
The most illuminating illustration I found in the Bible was the several times we are called "vessels," because a vessel, a cup, a vase, a can, is strictly limited to one f unction only. It only exists to be a container; it can be nothing else. And here was this simple though humbling, illustration of my relation as a human to God. I only exist to contain Him.
This transferred my attention from worrying about myself as not being this, or being that. Leave myself alone. I am just the container. In place of this, I had it clearly that I was containing a totally exclusive Person who does not give me something but is all; and I don’t contain Him in a relationship in which He imparts various gifts and graces to me, but I am just a means by which He can be Himself in a human container. This means that my main function in life changes from activity to receptivity.
More Articles from The Intercessor, Vol 26 No 4
- Free at Last!
- Editor’s Note
- A Tribute to Norman Grubb–In His Own Words
- God’s Promises
- Questions & Answers
- God’s Great Purpose By Us
- How It Really Works
- A Call to Arms: 1993
- Christ’s Nobodies
- Once Caught, No Escape: A book review
- The Cambridge Seven: A book review
- Cookout at "Boone"
- A Pastor Writes Page Prewitt
- The Simplicity of Seeing–A Letter
- The Mailbox
- Letters From Norman
- The Way of Release
- Presenting every man perfect…
- Words to Live By…