“For gold is tried in the fire, and
acceptable men in the
furnace of adversity”.
There may be a cup in your cupboard
that also has been tried in the fire. (Kiln)
We might put it this way–(that cup has gone
through the fire).
The life of the cup did not stop there. There
was Glaze placed on the cup to strengthen it,
then placed back into the Kiln. Probably set
aside for drying a predetermined time. Once
dried, it would be ready to be used for
coffee — or? If it’s coffee, that cup has more
fires (heat) to pass through. After being
obedient to its Master (owner) it will be going through heat once again in the
dishwasher or cleaning by hand in the
sink. Then back to the cupboard for a
rest until ‘coffee time’ next hour or day.
We are like that coffee cup in several
ways. We have our Father, his son Jesus
and the Holy Spirit to be obedient to.
As we walk through this life on earth we have so much to learn. The only way we
can truly learn is just like Jesus. He too
had to learn obedience through that which he suffered. When we walk through our life’s
long journey, we have fires to go through.
These fires slowly burn away the dross that
we were born with (The Adam nature).
Through many fires, and as the fires do
their work, we then start moving into our
life from Heaven–our Spiritual being,
revealing ‘Christ in us”.
You may be wondering ‘what is dross’?.
The easiest way I can explain what dross
is is to look at a coin in your purse or
pocket. (a silver coin-like a dime). Shiny
and bright. When that Silver dime, is
still in the ground, dirt and mud packed
around it–it has no value in that
setting. However, once the miner’s equipment takes it out of the ground
(soil) and moves it in giant loads, via huge trucks to the processing area. Once
it is filtered through many ‘shakers’, it is
ready for the next phase. That is putting
it on rubber belts and moving into the
building where huge furnaces are kept.
From the large rubber belts, it is moved over the large furnace burning red hot
(white hot) The mud/dirt is burned away,
however, the molden Silver slivers remains
as it was in the trucks. (The heat of the furnace was not hot enough to melt the Silver strands or slivers. The Silver then goes through a shoot into a molding
“anew” process. (Now it is valuable)
Going back to our Spiritual life, we now are
‘like the Silver from the white-hot furnace’.
We are more valuable than we were children
of darkness. We now are likened ‘to lights
on the far mountainside’.
Trials/temptations/fires–are very much
needed by mankind. They (like Jesus)
prepares each one, as they prepared
Gods son (Jesus) to sit on his
Fathers right hand in Glory.
Much Peace comes at this
gesture of our lives.
by Robert D. Anderson