Becoming God’s Arrow: God’s Refining Process

By Cheryl Schang,
JVMI’s Vice President of Global Outreach

This series explains how God fashions us into beings who are meant to soar and hit the spiritual mark for God through the power of the Holy Spirit. Although the process can be painstaking and painful, the end result is maturity, true humility, and better usefulness in the hands of God.

“Listen to me, O Islands, and pay attention, you people from afar. The LORD called Me from the womb; from the body of My mother He named Me. He has made My mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of His hand He has concealed Me; and He has also made Me a select arrow, He has hidden Me in His quiver. ’” (Isaiah 49:1-2 NASB).

What does it mean to be a ‘select arrow’ for God?

In order for a branch to become an arrow, it has to be cut out of the tree. It has to be cut out of the place where it had its existence, where it had its roots, where it had its life.

We find this example in Jesus’ ministry when He was calling His disciples. They had to be cut out from where they were and come follow Him. We find this example with Abraham. God said to Abraham, “Come out from this place… and come to the place that I will show you (Genesis 15:7).” Jesus said to Peter, “Come out from where you are. I am going to make you into something completely different. You have been a fisherman; I am going to make you a fisher of men. I am calling you out of your lifestyle” (Matthew 4:19; Mark 1:17).

The cutting out is never comfortable. You have to forsake your background, you have to take up your cross and follow Him, and you have to come out into a whole new lifestyle. Jesus calls us out from where we were into something new.

The problem is we like to stay in our tree and just invite Jesus to come into our tree. “Jesus, come be with me. Come enrich me. Come and bless me. Come and join me here in my life, in my tree.” We want to keep drinking from the familiar sap, because being cut out is painful.

Peter called it the futile way of life that we inherited from our forefathers (1 Peter 1:18). We have a value system that is rooted in an entirely different existence. We evaluate ourselves, our careers, based on that old value system. That value system, if you are going to be an arrow, is no longer functional.

This series is based on a sermon by Terry Virgo.

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