God desires to be intimate with us. He emotes
in Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to me, and I will answer you and show you great and
unsearchable things that you do not know.” As a young believer, I would take
this initiative and ask God and sure enough, he would show me great things.
Unfortunately, he found that I was a God gossip and could not keep these
revelations to myself. That was a shame because the believers I shared them with
did not care that much for what I shared. I was casting my pearl before swine so
to speak because there was no real effect from the sharing. I was too immature
to keep these things inside. I was not constituted in such a way as to bear them
internally, in my inner man. The secrets of God leaked right out of me without
God wants to be bothered
Today, almost twenty years later I see God’s
wisdom more clearly. There is a heartfelt desire on God’s part for us to seek
him with all our heart. Think about it! He challenges us to press in to the
throne room with boldness to find grace and mercy in time of need. He wants to
be bothered by us. God wants to open to us, but there is a condition needed on
our part. We have to take initiative in faith to do what he says. God does not
like to waste any effort and neither should we. If we seek Him with all our
hearts we will find a pearl of great price. If we give up before finding the
pearl, then our true heart is revealed for what it is- mediocre towards God.
God’s the most open person
In prayer, we can communicate with our creator
all the day long, opening ourselves, our true selves to God. God is the most
open person that there is and yet, it is not that easy to get to know him. It
takes truly a crucified life to get to know God. It takes serious commitment.
God will test the person who acts like they want to know him to see the reality
of it through trials of faith.
If the test is passed, then God rewards with an
open revelation that will greatly assist that person in their life. He does not
show everything all at once. We would be overwhelmed if He did. Remember Jesus
said that he had much more to share with his disciples, but they could not bear
it. They were already struggling enough with the fresh revelation He had showed
This is a question of our capacity. How much
can we hear from God? Remember that he is the most open and yet, if He were too
open with us, it would not help us at all. The problem is that we use our
fleshly means to try to connect with God. We attempt to use earthly resources to
see God’s will in a given situation. Oh saints, don’t you see that we have such
little capacity on our own, such small instruments to be reflectors and beacons
of God’s love? But the Spirit is not limited. Where the flesh dies, the spirit
is just kicking in gear.
Spirit capacity vs. Flesh capacity
The spirit’s capacity is fathomless. Do you
believe me on this point? Test this principle in your own life. Pray, “God
whatever you bring in my life, I am available…” Do not predetermine what you can
handle as far as relationships and time. Trust the risen Christ. His capacity
starts where ours ends. Do you have an end to what you can handle in a given
day? Then your flesh needs to be crucified, because the Lord would not bring it
to you if you were not able in the Spirit to deal with it and overcome, whatever
the scenario. Nothing is impossible for God. The question is, “Can God entrust
it to us?” Can we be ministers of the spirit? If the answer is yes, then this
minister will learn that there is no issue that the Lord cannot, through the
God does not force
As the Lord has taught me these things from His
word, and as I have tested them, I am amazed at His results. What appears to be
difficult is easy, what appears to be a struggle is a portal, what appears to be
resistance is food for the eater, and what appears to be impossible is just a
matter of openness. If people open themselves to God, completely open
themselves, they will find God totally true. This is beyond comprehension. Only
the Spirit knows how to open like that. So it is imperative that we completely
open to the Holy Spirit within us. None of this is forced upon us. Though it
would greatly help us in all of life, God simply offers and appeals for us to
open. In the Psalms, it is written, “Open wide your mouth, and I will fill it…”
Are we opening our mouths to God? This is not the same as opening our mouths to
Opening to one another
In Corinthians, Paul strongly encourages the
Corinthians to open wide their hearts to him. They were holding back from him
and he could sense it. It must have really grieved the Apostle’s heart. Why?
Because Paul had so much to give them, to teach them, but they were not willing?
Just as Jerusalem was not willing to be gathered by the Lord (like a hen gathers
her chicks) when he showed up on the scene.
A little openness to Paul and their lives would
have been changed forever. Opening up to Paul is the same as opening up to God,
because it was the revelation of God that Paul wanted to give them. Do you see
it? Paul did not force it on them. He merely appealed, he pleaded and he warned.
It wasn’t so much the words that he wanted to give them, it was the power. The
resurrection power that Paul had received by faith and was growing so mightily
Paul had learned to be an overcomer. He learned
it by opening himself to God and to the saints. He could sense in the spirit
when it was not reciprocated. He wanted the Corinthians to reign with him as
kings, to be useful world-changers, to be ministers in the spirit, overcoming
witnesses for the Savior.
How open are you?
The scriptural admonition is to walk in the
light as He is in the light. The light represents the truth and Jesus walks in
total openness in the truth. From the first Adam till today, man has been hiding
something from God, and consequently to all others. It is our sin, our flesh,
and our pride that causes this hiding to occur. How open are you? To God, to
your spouse, to your brother and sister? God is gently whispering, “Call to me,
and I will show you”. You can be God’s friend if you enter that open fellowship.
Then you will be a friend to many others as well. You will be a friend that
sticks closer than a brother and you will be a brother born for adversity. There
is no adversity that will make you shy away from your friends, but you will
enter right in with openness, to the glory of God.