The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Here Am I, Send Me"
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father, which is in Heaven" (Matthew 5:16).
The Lord Jesus Christ Himself serves as the light that shines upon and within believers, leading us to live in a manner that reflects well upon our Heavenly Father.
"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).
The glory that shines in Christ's face must shine in ours. This will lead us to do things we would not do otherwise, and to refrain from things we would. Knowing that we serve as "ambassadors for Christ" bestows great privilege and responsibility upon us (II Corinthians 5:20). Ambassadors represent others rather than themselves, a great honor in most cases wherein an earthly authority appoints and sends a proxy to communicate his thoughts and purposes. Every believer serves such a role in our particular sphere of influence. Amid all that life involves, our Heavenly Father grants to us the high calling of representing Him along every pathway, and in every endeavor. "Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God" (I Corinthians 10:31).
The great Ambassador, the Lord Jesus Himself, leads and enables us to reflect well upon our Heavenly Father in countenance, demeanor, attitude, word, and deed. This includes every venue, including our homes, neighborhoods, workplaces, churches, the marketplace, and wherever we are or may go. None of us perfectly respond to and fulfill our honored role. We can and must grow, however, in being the lamp of our Lord's light. Realizing and submitting to the privileged responsibility begins our service.
"Here am I, send me" prayed Isaiah in the recognition of his calling (Isaiah 6:8). As this day begins, the same altar of consecration beckons us to affirm that the day can be one in which Christ's light shines in us for the glory of God. No greater privilege and no greater responsibility can be imagined. Yes, to kneel before our Lord, and then to arise and go forth as His ambassadors bestows a measure of grace in which we must rejoice and never take for granted. Let us all join Isaiah, "Here am I, send me."
"Not unto us, o Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory for Thy mercy and Thy truth's sake."
Weekly Memory Verse
Not unto us, o Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory for Thy mercy and Thy truth's sake.