Its time for Five Minute Friday. Five minutes. No edits. No revisions. Set the timer….Go!
Refine, I think of fire, hot and purifying. I think of the tea-bag analogy where the tea’s “real” self comes out in “hot water.” Some would say we are the bags…. some would say we are beautiful gold, being refined for the Master. I say this: the refining isn’t found in the extraordinary moments – but in the ordinary ones.
The Bible says we are to be refined with fire for two reasons: 1. To Get rid of sin. 2. To give God glory. The fire can be hardships – yes. We’ve all experienced hard things. Illness. Death. Loneliness. Abandonment. Loss.
But what if the refining were the daily? What if the refining moments aren’t the ones we have to just “get through”? I’m seeing my entire life as a refining moment. The small moments like stopping to hug a sad child, or spending an hour making dinner, or even longer cleaning up after dinner….those are the refining moments.
Those are the moments that will really purge me of sin. For sin is rooted in selfishness. And selfishness is found in small moments. We can all be heroic and self-sacfricing when it comes to the big things (when everyone is watching). We will gladly portray ourselves as humble and meek when the world’s eyes are on us as we fight a huge battle.
But what about when no one is looking? Or better yet – when the eyes of the ordinary are looking at us? Those are the moments we must learn to surrender and be refined.
And in the small moments – we give Him glory. YES. The Glorious Ordinary is the very thing God uses to refine us. The moments when we sit in our PJs and drink coffee before the sun comes up because we want a few minutes of peace. We can prepare for the battle of the ordinary.
We are being refined in these moments. The small moments and ordinary moments.
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