There is Neither Wood Nor Mud in God’s Eternal Building
What is God’s building? God’s building is to dispense Himself into us and to work Himself into our being.
Consider again the illustration of petrified wood. The wood is natural, having no mineral element whatsoever to give it the substance of stone. There is no wood in God’s eternal building. In His building there are only precious stones, gold, and pearls.
The twelve foundations of the New Jerusalem are layers of precious stones (21:19-20), and the entire wall is built with jasper (21:18). In the New Jerusalem there is nothing of mud or wood.
By nature we all are either muddy or wooden. Everyone would rather be wooden than muddy, thinking that wood is superior to mud. Nevertheless, neither mud nor wood is useful in God’s building hand.
We need transformation. The muddy people need to be transformed into precious stones, and the wooden ones need to be petrified. The way for a piece of wood to be petrified is to allow the living water to flow through it to carry away the wooden substance and to replace it with a solid mineral element.
The process of petrification in the physical world is a symbol of the spiritual reality. Today God is truly “petrifying” us by the flow of His divine life. This flow is clearly revealed in Revelation 22:1, which says, “And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” This river flows throughout the whole city.
Nothing Counts in God’s Economy but Himself Dispensed into You
I constantly have a bitter taste within me, a bitter feeling concerning today’s Christians. They appear to know much, but actually they are more than ignorant and know nearly nothing. It does not matter what you know. You may know many things, but every part of you may still be mud or wood, indicating that you have not been transformed.
We must be transformed by God’s dispensing Himself into our being. Forget your knowledge of the Bible and forget your religion, and just take care of one thing — how much you have been transformed by the living God’s dispensing Himself into you. This is what truly matters.
You may be able to recite so many verses in the Bible, yet you yourself mean nothing. Nothing counts in God’s economy but Himself dispensed into your being.
I hope that many of you will be able to say, “I don’t know very much about the Bible. I only know one thing: day by day God is dispensing Himself into me. Every day, something of God flows in to carry away my natural element and to replace it with His divine essence.”
Touched by the Lord and Transformed
I am deeply burdened! It does not matter whether you are good or bad, holy or unholy, spiritual or unspiritual. The only thing that matters is whether or not you have been touched by the Lord and have been transformed.
We must be willing to open ourselves and say, “Lord, get through. Lord, flow in, through, and out of me and carry away every particle of my natural element. Lord, I hate the outward improvement and am tired of being corrected outwardly.
I am tired of religion and Bible knowledge. I am tired of being individually spiritual. Lord, I am desperate about my condition because I have so little of Your divine essence. I have been taught and ‘edified’ for years. But still I am what I am.”
Accomplished by The Lord Being the Divine Flow within Us
In the church in Philadelphia the Lord is not correcting us or even just burning us. He is in the process of making us, old ones and new ones alike, into a pillar in the temple of God. This certainly means something. The only way the Lord can accomplish this is by being the divine flow within us.
Not even the Lord can do a quick work in this matter. He patiently works Himself into us as the divine flow, not to correct our outward behavior but to carry away our natural essence. God does not desire the mere improvement of our behavior. Today the Lord desires the proper church life. For this, He is eager to get into us at this very moment.
Do not wait until tomorrow and do not wonder about others. Look at yourself. The Lord’s work in the church is to work Himself into you as the divine flow to carry away your natural being and to replace it with His divine substance that you may gradually be processed by His transforming element. This is all we need.