I am sure we all have stood in awe as we watched a full moon on a clear starlit night. We probably have stared in wonder at the beauty of it and have marveled that human feet have indeed walked there. And yet, it is but a large lifeless piece of cosmic rock and gives off no light of its own whatsoever. It merely reflects the light of our sun. It is situated just so that it catches the radiance of the sun and reflects that light to the Earth.
One of my favorite verses in the New Testament is found in I Peter 2:9. In the second half of the verse the author says, "... that you should show forth the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light."
If you research this scripture, you will find this same expression is employed in the Greek version of the Old Testament in Isaiah 43:21, which says, "This people have I found for myself; they shall show forth my praise."
These verses have a far deeper meaning that just giving God vocal praise. Rather, the verses mean that our whole lives should show the manifestation of the power of God and become mirrors of his magnificence.
In fact, we get a wonderful glimpse into the heart of God in these verses. We need to notice that the preceding words describe all of God's mercies to his people as he makes them a part of his royal court.
We see that the very aim of God for his people is for them to show the royalty and splendor of God in their everyday lives. As we walk through our day-to-day existence, we need to reflect by our smiles, our attitudes, our actions, and our words that God is great, merciful, kind and gracious.
Salvation is more that just the blotting out of sins, the removal of fear and unspeakable joy. It is not God's sole aim to just make his people happy. God does give out wonderful gifts, but Paul reminds us that "no man lives to himself and no man dies to himself."
Every one of us who receives something from the hand of God is automatically made a steward to impart to others a part of what God had given to him. The Bible reminds us that we have "freely been given; thus, we must freely give."
In years past, when our country was so dependent upon the railroad system, a section at a time was laid down. Then the newly laid section was used as an engine pulled supplies over it to help lay down the next section. Eventually the entire line was usable. If the sections were not used to bring on new supplies, then the line would probably never have been completed. Likewise, we are used right after we are saved to bring the gospel to new converts, and on and on the kingdom of God is completed on Earth.
This world gets its impression of God from the people who say they are his children. They often read our lives much more often than they read the Bible. They see us and they "see" their impression of God. We must glorify him by reflecting his true nature -- which is love. God is love and his reflection should be shown in our love.
The harp string gives out its note only on the condition that when it is plucked, it vibrates and ceases to be visible. Let him touch you and set your life vibrating so that you become unseen and transparent; then the glory of the Lord will shine through you and you will be a true reflection of the Son of God.
Stuart Churchill is the pastor of the United Pentecostal Church, at Mile 16.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway.
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