...is when the tunes playing inside my head,
turn out to be the LORD trying to tell me something...
Friday, October 29, 2004
I was thinking one day about the stones in a building, and about intercessory prayer. Gonna try here to set out my thoughts in some kind of order.
I was thinking of these two passages:
1 Corinthians 3:9b-11 KJV 9b ... ye are God's building. 10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.and,
1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.Both Paul and Peter use the imagery of people being the blocks or bricks or stones that the walls of a building are built out of. Each person, each stone, being put into its own proper place.
In every church, there are a few people (or I hope there are!) who are totally sold out for GOD, looking to please HIM more than anything else. Totally in love with the Savior. Usually those people are the intercessors - because they love GOD so much, and want the closeness they have with GOD to spread to the others in their church. They pray because their hearts flow with it - talking with GOD, not just talking at GOD.
The marks of an intercessor, I believe, are these: a heart that loves GOD, a heart that loves others, and a heart that is humble and contrite . Not all puffed up - 'Look at me! I'm an INTERCESSOR!' - but seeing themselves as not someone great, not looking to draw attention to Self. Just very simple, very lowly - and content to be so.
The intercessors, as I see it, are the stones that are placed in the bottommost part of the wall. They then bear the weight of the stones, the people, placed above them. They are in the lowest place on the wall; they get set into place first, and then the rest is built up after them.
The lowest place - the best place in the building to be.
Why? Why is the lowest part of the wall the best place to be built?
Because the only thing lower than the bottom - is the foundation. And that foundation is Jesus. To be an intercessor, you get to be right next to Jesus! There in the lowly place, the place where HIS heart is.
And the weight you are bearing above you, of all those built on top of you?
Well, that weight that you're bearing - really, you aren't. It's Jesus the foundation underneath you who is bearing up all that weight above you, and bearing you up as well.
Humble yourself - come where HE is - be the lowest. It's the best place to be.
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