The Divine Flow
If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, you’ve probably had days where you just didn’t feel like you had much to offer God, much less anyone else. Yet the “WWJD” mantra cycles through your brain as you walk by the shirt your husband has wanted ironed ever since you brought up the laundry last Saturday, and you neglect the litter box for just one more day as you grab the coffee and kids and scramble out the door. You rationalize, “It’s no big deal. I’ll get to it later,” only to realize that the “later” has turned into “much later”, (aka, “I’ll get to it over the weekend when I have more time”), and the “much later” has turned into “way, way later” (aka, “I think we need to move houses and just start over.”)
You see, it’s not that we don’t know what to do on any given day, but it’s that we simply lack the motivation to do it! And for some reason, no matter how early we set the alarm, or how many reminders we set on our phone, some tasks on our beloved “To Do List” just never seem to get done — at least not in the timely fashion our mother’s would have done them!
So how do we move those items off our “To Do” lists and into the completed pile regularly and without effort? The answer is in learning how to live in the “Divine Flow”. Andrew Wommack coined this term in his Discipleship Evangelism course to describe the way in which we as Christians can learn to operate seamlessly in the love of God. Here’s how it’s done:
Listen for Love
In 1 John 4:7-8, the Bible teaches us that love not only comes from God, but that God IS love. Remember also that God’s kind of love, according to 1 Corinthians 13, is the unconditional, action-oriented, selfless kind of love. So what that means is, whenever I’m motivated, or want to take action toward someone in a way that is self-less and without condition (or, without requiring any reciprocal action toward me in return), then I can know for a fact that God’s love is being activated in me in that moment. To take from our examples above, I know intuitively that my husband would be blessed if I ironed his shirt and that the kids would appreciate not having tidbits of litter strewn across their play area. So when I sense a desire to want to alleviate those problems, (for surely I, in and of myself, would not choose to iron out of my own accord, and who ever likes scooping up the cat mess?), then I know that God and his love are prompting these desires.
Unleash the Power of Love
One of Lucas and I’s favorite summer destinations is, believe it or not, Niagara Falls. If you have ever stood atop Niagara Falls, or ridden on one of “The Maid of the Mist” vessels that carry you into the brink of destruction and back, then you know why! The river that flows into the basin of the falls contains such massive amounts of unending power, it becomes almost impossible to turn away as you ponder the nature of God personified there. In the same way, the Bible teaches that we as Christians have streams of living water flowing from within us (John 7:38) and that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us (Ephesians 1:19-20)! How awesome! What that means, is that no longer do I need to approach the task list of my life from the standpoint of my own effort or energy. On the contrary, when I feel God’s love nudging me to take action on something I would not have otherwise wanted to do on my own accord, I can know and trust that he is behind the scenes providing the power to accomplish the task at hand.
It’s in You — Release It!
Now the good news is, if you are born again, God’s kind of limitless, powerful, never-ending love lives and abides in you at all times and is always available and ready to work through you on behalf of others. But just because God’s power is available, doesn’t always mean we choose to use it. One of my favorite quotes from one of our former pastors in Ohio is, “It’s in you — release it!” You see, although God’s unlimited power is available, he will not force you to release his love on others. You must choose to open your heart by an act of your will. You must decide how much power you will release and whether or not you will walk in “The Divine Flow.” Like the water in the Colorado River at the Hoover Dam, each one of us must decide how much of the power we are willing to release at any given time. Too much power, and we run the risk of destroying those the water was intended to bless. Too little power, and the life-giving water will never reach its intended recipients. Yet the right amount of living water, tempered by the correct pressure, will release unending refreshment for all to enjoy.