Reserved by Deon Crafford
Matt 13:23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
2 Tim 2:21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.
Have you ever wandered into a coffee shop or restaurant, seen an open table, darted towards it, just be to met by a RESERVED sign planted in the middle of the said table? At that point your disappointment is mixed in with the thought of who may be so lucky to have this table set aside for them, before you have to decide what your next step would be. You see when that table is reserved it is done so for an identified person and unless they cancel their request, no one else will be allowed to sit there. When something is reserved for us, it means that we have been granted preliminary or temporary ownership of the thing in question, and that we can be assured that it will be there for us when we arrive to claim or use it. We do the same when we reserve an aircraft seat – we expect that when we get into the seat, that there will be no one sitting in it, and when we find someone there, we’re all prone to a little irritation that our seat’s reservation was not honoured and we normally end up asking the person to move or helping them navigate to the seat indicated on their ticket.
We have been reserved from birth for the purposes of God. He is the one that wove us together in our mothers’ wombs and wrote our days on this earth before we were even born. He has laid claim to us as His and we are reserved for Him. But in this world there are so many other things that wishes to lay claim to a piece of us, and it is so clearly indicated in the Parable of the Sower. What is reserved for God is dishonoured by worldly confusions, pressures, corruptions and exposures. In no time we become so pre-occupied with the issues of life or the world, that we have effectively removed the RESERVED sign of God from our lives. Subsequently we become less receptive to His Word, less sensitive to the Holy Spirit and ultimately isolated from the power and guidance that God holds in such abundance. So while many may think their engagement with their faith is akin to the last soil the sower sows into, truth is we are faced every day with at least the four scenarios of where the seeds of the sower landed. We are constantly challenged with the question of whether we’re still RESERVED for God.
I believe that God in His abundant grace, understands that we get pulled in all sorts of directions by the challenges and temptations of the world. I cannot think that God is angry when he finds us having isolated ourselves from Him and hence turns His back on us. We were reserved by our maker and He will continue to exercise his reservation over us. Ours is the challenge to be aware of the scenarios we allow to play out in our lives and in our growth towards spiritual maturity become ever more able to honour the RESERVE sign that God has placed over us. As I write this and as you read this, we are already challenged by what our hearts are full of – anxiety, bitterness, anger, desire, greed, self-absorption OR confidence, peace, trust, love and worship. Reserved or available to anyone and anything?
Love to all