There was a young man of God, and God said to Him “Son, I want to show you some things that are on My heart.” And so God took him and showed him the very house of God where God dwelt. And God took him by the hand, for he was a son to Him, and led the man through His great house until they came to a certain room. And God opened the door for the man to enter and he looked around the room with great wonder, for the room was coloured in such brilliant hues of deep blue as the man had never before seen. And God said to the man: “I am giving you this room to look after, because you are my son. Please furnish this room and use it wisely for My glory, and remember who I am.” The man was overjoyed at being trusted with such responsibility and set to work straight away to make it exactly as He thought God would want it.
Before long, God came again to the man, took him by the hand and said: “Son, I want to show you something else also.” God led him to another, bigger room in His great house and opened the door. This time the man saw a glorious room coloured in deepest shades of gold. And his heart began to think of all the ways in which he could make this room even more beautiful. And God said “Son, I am giving you this room because I delight in you. Keep this room for Me, furnish it to My glory, and remember who I am.” So the man set to work straight away and soon he was happy working hard on both the brilliant blue room and the glorious gold room, arranging them exactly the way he thought God would want.
And God came yet a third time to the man of God. Once more He took him by the hand and led him to another room in His great house, an even larger room than the first two. God opened the door and the man saw that this room was coloured in the richest tones of deepest scarlet that he had ever seen. Then God said, “Son, this room is special to Me, and I have been looking for someone I can trust to look after it and furnish it properly. I am giving you this room because I love you. Please decorate this room and keep it to My glory, and remember who I am.”
And as the man looked on the beautiful scarlet room he began to think of how he would like it to look if it were in his own house. And the thought came to this man that he must be a very responsible and clever person for God to entrust such important things to him.
So now the man began running between the three different rooms, working hard to make each of them as perfect as he could. When he was working in the brilliant blue room he thought there could not be a more beautiful place to work in all the world and his whole heart was consumed with making it better and better. And when he worked in the glorious gold room, he thought “surely this is the finest place a man could ever have to work”, and the blue room faded into the back of his mind. When he was in the rich scarlet room he could think of nothing else but the importance of completing that most wonderful room.
And the man worked very hard for many years on getting everything just right in all three rooms, but no matter how hard he worked somehow things never seemed to be completed to his satisfaction. More and more the joy with which he had begun was replaced by frustration and weariness. Still he kept running between each of the rooms, working even harder, because he had come to believe He had been given this responsibility because he was the only person who could perform it the way God wanted.
But there came a day when the man had no strength left to apply himself to his tasks. Casting his work tools away, he threw himself down on his face in great anguish, crying out to God: “God, I know that you have given me these responsibilities in Your great house because of my gifts and my talents in being able to make things good and beautiful, but no matter how hard I work on these three rooms, I have never been satisfied. There is always something I see that needs improvement and I cannot bring these rooms You gave me to completion as I wish to. Why did you give me such a hard job to do for You? I don’t want it anymore. Let someone else do it. There must be something else You have for me!”
And God came knowingly alongside the man who was lying on his face weeping. And God said: “Oh yes, my son, there is something else, something far greater, that I have wanted you to see all these years. But You have been so consumed in proving how well you can perform for me that you have missed the very thing I wanted so badly for you to see.” Then God said to the man: “Watch!”
And He put His mighty Hand over the three beautiful rooms and merged them together, layer upon layer. “What do you see?” God said to the man. At first the man answered bitterly: “I see nothing but the rooms I have been working on so hard for You for so long.” He felt so sorry for himself that he could see only through his own tears. Gently wiping the tears form the man’s eyes God said “Look closer”.
And as the man began to truly want to see whatever it was God could see, the man caught glimpse of part of a mysterious face. Gradually his spiritual eyes adjusted to take in the fullness of that which was being revealed to him. Before him the most amazing, glorious, lovely Face he had ever seen gazed back at him with eyes of deepest compassion and love. Suddenly his heart leapt inside him as he realised he must be gazing into the Face of Jesus. And the Voice of God came again to the man, and he heard God say: “Behold, my Beloved Son!”
And as the man beheld the Face of Jesus, all the brilliance and the glory and the richness of the wonderfully coloured rooms faded into dullness. And he whispered in humility and joy to God: “Father, tell me how is it that I could have missed His glorious Face all these years?”
And God the Father replied: “I gave you special places in my heart, not because you deserved them but because I love you. But you became so consumed with your own importance, you failed to find the greater thing I was revealing to you. The one vision that is greater than any other vision, ministry or calling I give those I love is the revelation of My Son. It was always My desire for you to behold His Face above all else, but you did not, because you forgot who I am. I have been waiting for you to come to where you are now so I could show you My greater perspective.”
At last the man of God understood and he wept bitter tears because of all the years he had wasted working at the details while missing the greater picture. And then he wept tears of joy because for the first time in all those years he was deeply satisfied. All that he had been yearning and searching for was complete and perfect right there in the lovely Face of Jesus. And the man of God sighed a great sigh of contentment as his thirsty eyes drank in the glories of God’s Son. Finally he had found rest.
“Yes, Lord,” he whispered, sinking deeply into the embrace of Christ, “You were right. It is indeed finished.”
For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6
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