“The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Hebrews 1:3a, Matthew 5:16
He stumbled into the church, inebriated, and meandered his way to the front after the Christmas service had begun. Much preparation had gone into the beauty and the sanctity of the service. Christmas carols were being sung and during “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” Jim sprang from the pew and made a beeline to the altar. He determined he wasn’t going to wait any longer to experience the fullness of the joy of the Christ Child erupting in his heart. Pastor Larry lead Jim to an understanding that Christ was born to die for the sins of the world, rise again and is now seated next to the Heavenly Father. Jim accepted the Savior into his heart that night and began to experience the fullness of God radiating within. Old life habits disappeared and a new life began. All were amazed at the life transformation. Jim became a caring, sensitive generous man both to family and friends. God was beautifully displayed within and reflected without.
Within the church, there was a wonderful Christian woman named Frances who displayed God’s character within by mirroring Him outwardly to all who knew her. Although elderly, she helped clean the church and climbed ladders to help paint church walls. She made her special spaghetti from scratch for church functions. She was always attentive to her husband, a man heavily into alcohol addiction. She made sure of a clean house and that she had prepared a good meal for her husband before church services or any of its functions. Praying diligently for her husband to accept Christ as Lord and Savior, she didn’t see it happen, as far as we know. That never deterred her, however, from honoring him as her husband who she was joined with in holy matrimony.
God’s desire is that we radiate with His glorious presence through every fiber of our being. That allows us to reflect Him to others with encouraging words, thoughtful deeds and a heart overflowing with God’s love, even when it’s not reciprocated.
Lord, my prayer for this year of 2016 is that I might explode with Your presence in my life and that together we impact this world as only You know how. Great is Thy Faithfulness!