DATE: sunday 3rd May 2015
TOPIC: Depict Him With Your Life ·
Opening Text: Herein is ourlove made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17).
It matters whose character is reflected in your life. When you talk, whom do you portray? Let Christ be heard in your words, and let Him be seen in your actions. Don’t let people hear you and have the impression that you’re wild, arrogant or violent. If Christ is in you, let Him talk through you; let Him see through your eyes and work with your hands; let Him show up in your life!
Every time you respond to situations, let it be Christ in you responding. Remember, He lives in you; you’re a "carrier" of His divine glory. You’re the reflector, as well as the reflection, of His glory. That’s what the Word means by "…being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person…" (Hebrews 1:3). You might say, "But that verse refers to Jesus!" Yes; but you’re like Him. Read the opening verse again: as He is, so are we in this world.
Don’t act in the flesh; express the beauty of God’s holiness that’s inside you. Express His righteousness. Live His Word; portray Christ with your life, because you represent Him. Think, talk, and act like Him. Meditate on His Word; His Word shows you His way of thinking; His Word reveals His personality to us. So, the more you study the Word and act on it, the more you characterize Him with your life.
The world may never know Him until they meet us. Never forget that. We were made in God’s image and in His likeness. That means we were made to look like Him and to function like Him. Now that you’re born again, you’re exactly like Jesus. You have the same nature with Him. This is a spiritual reality. So, in everything, let His divine nature and attributes be revealed through you. Portray His character of love, righteousness, goodness, and compassion with your life!
Dear Father, I thank you for the privilege of being made an associate of the God-kind! I’m empowered by your Spirit to daily reveal Christ with my life, manifesting His righteousness, and the glories of the Kingdom! Thank you for the manifestation of your righteousness, wisdom, and grace, in and through me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
further study:1 John 2:6; 1 Peter 2:21
: John 1:1-18 2 Samuel 15-17
: Mark 7:14-23 Numbers 6