SELF INFLICTING GRIEF
Bareness (inability to produce) often becomes a valley of endless and increasing sorrow. A woman's bareness knows few words that express her agony and sense of emptiness (1 Samuel 1:15). A greater misfortune however, is the spiritual bareness of individual believers and churches. Spiritual bareness is indicative of neglect in the matter of the greatest importance: the worship of God and the salvation of sinners. This kind of bareness is born from a complicity with the world that grieves the Holy Spirit to the point of God's harshest criticism of the Church (Revelation 3:15,17).
Jesus Christ never gives the luxury of expressing our complicity with the world without regard for damages. The classic hallmark of complicity with the world is a preoccupation for survival which includes futile endeavors into works of world acceptance.. God is not interested in encouraging the illusion that a world under our control would be safer than a world under His control. God knows that our bareness is a state of constant injury to self and others which includes the church.
Christians cannot afford to live in a constant state of bareness. It results in reckless pursuits that undermines spiritual growth. Spiritual Believers understand that bareness is a perpetual state of counterfeiting God's will for selfish inclinations. There is nothing more essential to the Holy Spirit that a Believer becomes consistently fruitful. Why? The alternative is a constancy of masquerade and bareness. Thank God we have the indwelling Holy Spirit who will never tolerate us, but is ever instigating a pursuit of worshiping the living God and the salvation of sinners.
Rev William A Tyler Sr