That describes part of the process of purification of silver. We all need to go through the process of purification. There are things in us that have to give way for the things of God to come in. That is why we need Jesus, the one who baptises with the Holy Spirit and with the fire through which he performs his purging role in our lives (Luke 3:16). He takes away the dross (the impurity) from our silver. Silver stands for good quality.
There are stuffs in your hearts that need to be purged off; there are preconceived notions, tendencies that need to be removed, so that we might come forth with the highest quality, be the best we can be.
The silver ore has potential in the raw state, but it is practically useless until purified. The process of purification makes the different between what can be and what is. Your next level of glory waits for the next process of purification.
With the impurities, the animal will not have the strength the pure silver does. Impurity weakens. But God needs you pure because he wants to build things on you. As He is building on Christ, he is also building on you since you are a member of Christ.
So he needs you need to be strong, with all impurities out, with full strength and able to last long. What is the point of having a foundation that will not last long? So you need to be strong and that means having as little impurity as possible, so that what God is building on you (whatever that is) will last, will stand the test of time, the test of unfavourable circumstances.
You are meant to be a pillar, so strength is everything. You cannot afford to be brittle (breaking easily) because of impurity. And that is what impurity causes. So, the purified is not easily bent by human opinion, because there is a core of union with God, and the sharing of his essence, as he is pure.
Though we are in constant interaction with the world, we are supposed to see ourselves as being in this world, but not of this world (John 17:14-18); we do not share similar essence with those still in the world, entangled in their impurities.
Though we operate in a worldly system we should carry ourselves in a different way, since we represent the heavenly system. There is a spirit working in the children of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2) but there is also the Holy Spirit working in us expressing his fruits by his presence in us (Galatians 5:22-23).
God wanted was to showcase us (to get us purified), as his silverware, special vessels. It is written: the whole creature is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God. That can only happen if you move from the silver-metal-ore (newly extracted from the earth) state, to the all-impurities-gone state. There is a gem in you, but there needs to be the cleaning up.
We need to be rid of the former tendencies of hatred, bitterness and inappropriate reaction to situations, and making uncouth remarks. As we become Christ-like we get more refined. But passing through the discipline of righteous is not the most palatable thing. It may be like passing through fire. That is what the bible means when it says: when he has tried us with fire, we will come forth as the purified material that God can use to display his glory (my paraphrase) (Job 23:10).
Are you ministry material? God looks for ministry material. God has a lot of work to do on the earth and he is seeking those who will share his heart, who will put in the necessary work and sacrifice. Through them, he will release his hand on the earth. He is looking for vessels of honour, those who have been purified.
The bible says that God looks to and fro the earth looking for those whose heart is perfect towards him (2Chronicles 16:9); representing his pure purpose. You cannot begin to imagine the possibilities for you with God if only you can be sold out to him, take your commitment a notch up, dust off the cobwebs of lethargy from your mind; refocus on what is important, what is of heavenly value.
Paul said that we should set our hearts on things in heaven and not on things on the earth (Colossians 3:1-3). He is advocating for a change in our perspective, to that of heaven. While on earth, we should move with the mission of heaven. It is time to abandon our petty views of things and key into the plan of God.
He wants to share his mind with you; he has an assignment for you. But it is when your thoughts can align with him, then your ways will align with his (Isaiah 55:8-9). It is time to stop being distracted by little things, by petty things and latch on to the larger purpose of God. It is time to reject the lesser purposes to embrace the higher.
Jesus, testing if a man was ministry material told him: “follow me.” But he said he needed to bury his father first, to which Jesus said: let the dead bury their dead, but you follow me (Matthew 8:21-22). He had to choose between the higher purpose and the lower, the Jesus purpose or something else.
Paul mentioned the importance of material quality when he said that another foundation can no man lay except that which has been laid, which is Christ, the firm foundation (1Corinthians 3:12-16); but what we build on it, what we build in the name of God, in things of the ministry can be of different qualities. But we are rewarded for the quality of our work not the quantity.
There is gold material, silver material, wood and stubble. The material is important because fire will test the work, of what sort it is. It is not enough to just do something; we should do the right thing. The limit to which we reflect the heart of God in what we do, determines the quality. It’s not just about knowing where to go but to also to go there in the right way and with the right heart.
Jesus’ service was the gold standard, reflective of the 100percent alignment with heaven in even the littlest of detail. The bible says he was faithful as a Son over his own house (Hebrews 3:5-6). There was nothing of selfish strain, which interferes with the heavenly connection; he represented the heart of God to the fullest extent.
He did not have any background sin issues to deal with, no inner conflict to revolve. He was perfect. That is why we are told to look unto him, the author and finisher of our faith, and run the race set before us, as we put aside all the weight and the sin which easily besets us, through his help (Hebrews 12:1-3).
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