2 Corinthians 3:18 (MSG). ‘All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.’
Recently I found it getting hard to keep a good attitude. It was a struggle to stay nice in the face of meanness. Several times I said to myself ‘this is not me’ ‘this is not how I would usually react’ ‘why is it so hard to do the right and godly thing; be a good God ambassador?’ then I read this verse and thought about it.
You see, I really want to be like Jesus. Respond like He would to situations; be a godly example. I want people to see God when they see me. I want to be a channel of His glory. But to do all these, I needed to spend time soaking in His glory and presence. Looking back I realized that the times I got busy and spent less time with my Father, were the times I was least able to be like Him. The times that I spent more time with Him, were the times I was able to reflect Him to the world.
My definition of Christian is not someone who goes to church or was born in a Christian family. My definition of Christian is, as the bible defines it, someone who is Christ – like. To be a Christian, we need to learn to sit quietly. Spend time in His presence. Meditate upon His word. It may seem hard at first especially if you are out of practice but the more you stay, the more you experience the amazing beauty and peace that only He can give. Then you can walk out with a huge smile and people wonder what’s different about you.
Pause and ponder ~ How much time have you spent with God lately? Repent and get back into the secret place. Plan your time around God not God around your time.
‘He settled on twelve, and designated them apostles. The plan was that they would be with him, and he would send them out to proclaim the Word’ [Mark 3:14 (MSG)]