“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; but the Lord will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” – Isaiah 60.1-3 NASB
Are we, as God has indicated here, shining as the sun at the dawn of a new day bringing light which dispels the darkness?
God’s is calling us to be FIRES BURNING BRIGHTLY, a sacramental people through which the world is able to see and encounter Him. His presence, His glory, His goodness, everything that is Him, that is what we are meant to reflect. Essentially, we’re receivers and responders. Mirrors, conduits, vessels, whatever term you like, it all boils down to the same bottom line. There is a Presence in me that is not of me. Yet, this is no impersonal “force” that bends to my will. This “Presence” is the person of the One True God, the King, the Creator and Sustainer of all and He commands that I “bend” to His will and join in His agenda. He is wooing me, forming me, transforming me, sculpting me as it were into His own image. And as amazing as all of that is, the thing that really blows my mind is that He doesn’t give up on me. And not only that, but He actually still continues to use me in spite of all of my short-comings and inadequacies.
Friends, let me be clear. I am in many, many ways, a complete mess. I am a work in progress in need of lots of extra attention and fine tuning. I fall short of the mark in so many ways that it makes me dizzy to think about it. But the hope that I am being re-imaged to look like my Father exists outside of my behavior and even outside of my mental comprehension of that truth. As such, this hope is not sullied in the slightest way by my momentary failures. He just keeps giving and giving. He doesn’t seem to run out and He doesn’t seem to grow weary. You might say that God is reckless and extravagant with His blessings.
1: marked by lack of proper caution : careless of consequences.
1: lacking in moderation, balance, and restraint
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children…” – Ephesians 5.1a NASB
We are called to be like Him – givers; reckless, extravagant givers. Yet, I find sometimes that I withhold the blessings of the Kingdom because I feel I may not have enough or that the intended recipient is undeserving in some way.
But, what do I have that our Father has not given? And if He is the Source and is calling me to pour out that which He has given, can I run out? Furthermore, what do any of us really deserve from God? Am I deserving in any way other than the fact that the Giver has declared me to be so? The blessings of the Kingdom are richly and abundantly being poured out on me as His beloved child. So, how should I in turn approach pouring out those same blessings on the world around me?
- peace and joy
- reconciliation and restoration
Our Father is calling us to be reckless and extravagant with the blessings of the Kingdom, as we’re called to be givers just like Him, the Ultimate Giver. How will you respond?