Looking up at the gloomy clouds over head and watching the rain fall to the ground, I realised something. The grey clouds were necessary for the rain to be able to fall, which in turn allowed the grass and the trees to grow. It’s like that with God. He uses the most grey and gloomy situations in our lives to grow us. We actually grow more from those situations than anything else. But are we walking in the rain?
Walking In The Rain
Have you ever watched people walk in the rain? It’s a perfect picture of the world’s response to Jesus Christ. First, there are the people who use an umbrella. They don’t want anything to do with the rain. Then there are the people who don’t have umbrellas, but they pull their coats or shirts or put newspapers over their head. They’re in the rain, but they don’t enjoy it at all. They are in it because they have to be. Then there are the people with no umbrellas that are actually excited that it’s raining and are enjoying the tiny drops beating down on them.
Types of Christians
In wondering which of these categories I fall into I realized there is one more type of person…the person that I often am. The person who is in the rain without an umbrella who wants to enjoy the rain, but they’re so concerned with their cell phone or books or wallet or shoes getting wet that they miss the splendor of being in the rain.
These different types of people in the rain mirror the characteristics of the Christian life. Some don’t want anything to do with it. Others profess to being a part of it, but really are just in it because they feel they have to be. Still others are in it and want to be in it, but they get distracted by the cares of the world. Finally there are those few that have totally surrendered all their wants and needs and are fully committed to Christ.
Who Are You?
God has something to say about this…Revelation 3:15-16 says, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth“.
The moral of the story…Be in the rain completely surrendered or take the umbrella. God wants us wholeheartedly standing in His rains!
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