Break The Glass
A couple of weeks ago, I was on my way home in a taxi feeling utterly despondent. I was thinking about how the various challenges that I had been confronted with were causing me to lose patience, hope and strength. Suddenly, an image of glass crashing into pieces flashed across my mind. Almost like an explosion. It felt like a glass tank around me suddenly broke into shattered pieces. This sudden vision invaded my trail of thought and emotion, and startled me. I felt like I was woken up from a dream.
When I got home, I thought to myself, “What was that?” And I had a feeling God telling me “That is what you need to do.” I heard that in my spirit but I stopped there.
Last Sunday during our church service at River, our Pastor preached on making disciples of all nations. He shared how when Jesus gave us The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20, He has given us the responsibility to make disciples, endowed us with the authority to do so and promised us the security of Him being with us always. My heart was greatly moved by the Word that God was speaking to me through our Pastor.
This evening as I continue to ponder over our Pastor’s sermon, God leads me back to the image I saw a few weeks ago of the glass breaking around me. I come to understand that God is showing me I have been enclosing myself in a glass tank, and I need to break out of it to fulfill The Great Commission.
Ephesians 3:20 NLT
Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or imagine.
When I totally trust God and yield my life to Him, I am allowing His power to work within my life, giving Him the freedom to accomplish great things beyond my imagination.
But when I stubbornly coop myself up in my familiar and comfort zone, place self-imposed limits on my life, have doubt about what more I can do for God, I am shrinking my life into the confines of a glass tank. I am stopping myself from going from strength to strength and glory to glory, as God intends.
When I enclose myself in this glass tank, I see the needs and cries of others around me. I see God wanting to use me to preach His Good News to them. I see all the mighty works of love God can do for them. But my hands are tied because I am living stuck inside the glass tank. My heart goes out to the cries of the people. But I remain motionless and thus useless for the Kingdom work. Because I have insulated myself behind the glass walls, watching the world from within. Only watching, knowing and feeling.
Jesus has commanded us in Mark 12:31, “Love thy neighbor.” In the parable of the good Samaritan recorded in Luke 10:30-37, there lies a man who has been robbed, stripped of his clothes, badly beaten up, lying on the road half dead. A priest and a Levite walk by, and see the dire need of the injured man. Maybe they feel pity for the man. They probably know that without help, the man may die. But they do not stop to give any form of help. Then comes a Samaritan man. He sees the plight of the injured man, like the priest and Levite did. But, he feels compassion toward him, and gives his time, energy and finances to help save this life. This life is important and precious enough for him to go through the inconvenience and expenses in order to save him. This is what it means to “love thy neighbor”.
It is useless for me to be in my so-called comfort of the glass tank. It is useless watching, knowing and feeling the needs of the world around me. It is not even enough for me to say I will slowly break the glass tank I am in, panel by panel. God tells me to crush it totally, break free from it immediately, and get out to where the needs are, go into the harvest field where lives are in need of the Gospel and salvation of Jesus Christ. I declare my glass tank broken. I am right where God wants me to be, doing what He has called me to do. I am out here where people need the Lord, to fulfill The Great Commission Jesus has called me to.
Join me in this prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me for those times when I have given in to my own doubt and insecurity. Forgive me for those moments of unbelief and not placing You at the throne of my life. I repent of my unbelief and surrender my life to You, O God. I thank You that as I do so, You are empowering me to accomplish more than what I can imagine. I no longer live from within the confines of my comfort zone but am out in the harvest field to be Your hands and feet, loving and serving the lost and preaching the Gospel to them. Thank You, Lord, that You promise to be with me till the end of age. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.