Monday, March 26, 2018

"The Reason"

"The Reason"

    God made the human race to serve as the representation or reflection of Himself.

    "God created man in His own image; in the image of God created He him" (Genesis 1:27).

    The entrance of sin distorted this purpose in our original forbears, deluding humanity into believing we exist to be something in and of ourselves rather than absorb and reflect the light of Another.  Salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ begins the process of redeeming us to being that which we are, namely, dependent creatures who serve as the lamp that shines forth with God's holy character, nature, and way.  "He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father" declared the Lord Jesus who devoted Himself to the proper role of humanity serving to display Divinity (John 14:9).

    We may have much to do today as we live busy lives in an often hectic world.  First and foremost, however, purpose No. 1 involves representing and reflecting our Lord amid the responsibilities, privileges, and everyday occurrences that comprise our human existence.  "Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God" (I Corinthians 10:31).  No division between the sacred and the secular exists in the mind of our Heavenly Father regarding the living of our lives.  "Unto the pure, all things are pure" declared the Apostle Paul.  Thus, God calls believers to view life itself as the holy altar where we bow, stand, and walk.  "The whole earth is full of His glory!" cry the seraphim of Isaiah who see more clearly than do we the pervasive presence of God in all things (Isaiah 6:3).  Again, "whatsoever ye do" offers to us the joyous privilege and responsibility to be that which we are: "the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord" (Proverbs 20:27).

   What a reason for being in this day!  THE reason for being.  We bow to acknowledge and affirm our calling.  We stand in confidence of the guidance and enabling of the Holy Spirit to fulfill our calling.  We walk the steps of our journey with the determined purpose to well represent the Light who illuminates our spirit and seeks to enlighten others by us.  God made and redeemed us for such a glorious eternal purpose, which includes the purpose of this day.  "He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father" - may the same be said of us as empowered by the One who first uttered the blessed words, and who now dwells in us to enable our capacity to shine by the same Light.

"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."
(II Corinthians 4:6)

Weekly Memory Verse
    Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren."
(I John 3:16)

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