IS IT OBVIOUS WHERE YOU HAVE BEEN?
By Daneille Gray SnowdenPicture this, someone knocks on your door and you open it; your visitor see's you covered with flour-her first remark is; "I see you are cooking!" Not only does she know what your are doing, and also where you were, she then likely knows what you are fixing for dinner.
It has happened to me more times than I can count and it was either a pie, chicken-n-noodles or some type of bread. I am quite talented in basking myself (literally) in what I am doing.
As a Christian, (which is one who is to be Christ-like) we are to be LIGHTS in this Dark world. We are to shine Hope, Help and Love to all who are in our path. The question is; are we? My devotions brought me here today, I was reading Oswald Chambers in his book My Utmost for His Highest (April 22). I have read in the past his life story, thus my respect for his words (in his wife's pen) speak deeply. Today's devotion was called; The Light that Never Fails . Excellent title, but may feel a bit overwhelming. God never intended us to carry the burden of this world; we simply can't and live. Yet, our Lord did call us to be a LIGHT shining the way to Him. "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." [ Matt. 5:16]
How? How do live life before others so that they see, hear and feel Jesus? Especially when we are struggling with hurt, pain and loss. There is a true lady of God in our church we pastor who's amazing husband just passed away. They have been married for several years, raised 4 beautiful children and now he is gone. Yet, when I see her she SHINES, she truly glows with God's glory. How is she doing this, facing such sorrow? I know her, I have heard her...call out to God in her dark hour of grief. I have seen her worship Jesus with all her heart and I know she spends time in the Presence of her God. Thus, His Glory is radiating off of her to others, who's lives have been stirred by her testimony.
O. Chambers said; "Allow nothing to keep you from looking with strong determination into the face of God... A Christian servant is one who perpetually looks into the face of God and then goes forth to talk to others. The ministry of Christ is characterized by an abiding glory of which the servant is totally unaware."In regards to my first question; Is it obvious where you have been? Does the world see God's glory in our appearance, words and demeanor? "When Moses came down from Mount Sinai... he did not know that the skin of his face shone and sent forth beams by reason of his speaking with the Lord." [Ex. 34:29]
My Pastor-father and now my husband and I stick a little note on our pulpit, it's a quote from God's Word; "...Sir, we would see Jesus?" [Jn. 12:21] It is a policy we have that we will never get behind that pulpit without first basking in the Presence of God, thus our objective is for people to See and Hear Jesus! Yet, we all are behind a pulpit aren't we? Is it our hearts desire for people to see and hear Jesus? May it be our intentions that they be engrossed with the Glory of God that shines so brightly from our lives! "And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." [2 Cor. 3:18]
GOD'S GLORY REVEALED!
"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." [2 Cor. 4:6]