God led me to revisit this message from 7-9-12….
A professor decided to teach his class a lesson by example, so he pulled out a jar and a bag of golf balls. He set them down & asked the class, as he held up the jar, “what is THIS”? They all exclaimed, “it’s a jar”! Next he asked, “is it full or empty”? They all shouted, “It’s empty”. Next, he began adding the golf balls to the jar until no more could fit. He then asked, “what about now”, they all said, “it’s full”! The professor, grinned and shook his head. He then opened his desk drawer and pulled out a bag of dried beans and began to pour them in, until no more could fit. Once again, he asked the class, “and what about now?”…They all said, “Now it’s full”…The professor let out a great laugh and walked to the back of the room, opened the cabinet & pulled out a bag of sand. He walked to the front & began pouring it into the jar, the sand fell, consuming the areas between the golf balls & the beans. He asked the class, yet again, “how about now”? They all emphasized the word as they exclaimed, “Nowww it’s full”! The professor stopped, shook his head right to left and stood still, as if he was disappointed with their oversight. Finally, one of the students said, “nothing else can fit, it has to be full!” The professor reached down & grabbed the pitcher of ice cold water placed on his desk, he began to pour it into the jar, nearly half of the water fit, filling the space around the golf balls, the beans & the sand! The students mouths dropped, they didn’t dare say anything more in regard to whether it was full or not, they feared the professor might still have some other thing up his sleeve. One student, boldly asked, “Professor, what is the point?”.. The professor said, “the jar represents your life and all that is in it is yours for a time. The golf balls represent your family, your friends and those important relationships that enrich your life and make it worth living. The beans represent your job(s), your challenges, your life lessons, opportunities to change and to grow. The sand represents all the minor details of life; delays, stresses, things that will always surround your meaningful things but that you shouldn’t focus on. Lastly, the water represents God, you see, No matter how full your life is or may get, there is always room for God, He fits in no matter what. Bring enough of God into your life and it can flush out most of the sand!” The students reflected for a moment and began to clap, one at a time, until the thunder of the their excitement proved to the professor that their lesson truly did sink in!
Lastly, we must all realize that in order to receive what God’s faithful word has in store for us, we must FIRST and foremost become acquainted with His inability to fall short. A proper respect and understanding of where the power and ability rests, allows us a great freedom and opportunity to take advantage of. I use the reference of a 50% off coupon for a major retailer, you would go, pick out your merchandise and then boldly present that voucher for redemption off of your purchase, would you not? The same, to some degree, applies here, God is our issuing authority, His word is good for it, redemption is ours! We must acknowledge and participate in the regulations set forth by His word and apply properly, we stand to benefit from the promises & calls to action, that He has set aside for us! Eligibility is acquired through obedience and a desire to know & seek Him!
I hope today’s message ministered to you, in your spirit in that spot where maybe you don’t know if you can make time for God, maybe things are becoming difficult for you in your life, maybe you have lost touch and God is there no matter what, we just need to acknowledge Him, and make room for Him, He will take of all the details. Sometimes the devil loves to swoop in with all sorts of problems and challenges to keep you away from the very thing you need. If you’ve got too many things going on, that should be a RED FLAG going up that something is trying to keep you from what you need.
For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
1 Corinthians 12:13 – For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether [we be] Jews or Gentiles, whether [we be] bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
Romans 8:9 – But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Acts 4:31 – And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
Acts 9:17 – And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, [even] Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
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(¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Susan SMZ3D ت smz ™ © ®
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