The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday free-write is “refine.” (Click on the image above to find some other great posts in the linkup too.) Here goes:
When I think of the word, refine, I automatically go to the fact that I have to refine items so often in the Editing program I am taking at a local university. And the fact that it feels like something never quite gets refined enough – there is always room to tweak it a bit more!
But quickly thereafter, my mind goes to an old Jennifer Knapp song called “Refine Me.” The chorus goes something like “Lord, come with your fire and burn my desires and refine me.” Listen to it here:
Combine this song and my thoughts about my editing program and you get this: God is constantly refining us in our walk with Him. As I told someone recently, I’ve learned that you never quite get there in the Christian life but that is okay.
What I meant by it is something along the lines of the idea that we are somewhat like the layers of an onion. Just when we think God has refined us in one area, He peels back another layer to show us how to become even more and more like Christ in our life. And after that another and then another.
This constant refining use to make me discouraged in a way. I wanted to say, “When will it ever be enough?” But now I have learned it is out of His great love for us that it happens this way. You may have heard the saying, “God loves us as we are but isn’t content to leave us that way!”
God refinement often comes in the form of suffering or trials but I loved this verse from 1 Peter 1:6-8 which I will leave you with:
6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,