Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- August 9, 2011
You are resplendent with light, more majestic than mountains rich with game. Psalm 76:4
When we are in right relationship with our heavenly Father we are right for reflection. All hindrances to bright lighting are destroyed when we stay surrendered to our Savior. He lights up a life that is submitted to Him. The lampshade of sin is removed when we confess to Christ our desperate dependence on Him. He handles our influence and effectiveness as we are positioned properly in Him. Because we are in Christ, we are in the light. We shine because our Savior shines through us, and His bountiful beams of light bounce off of our beautiful behavior. We should be translucent so that His light shines through us. Character allows the light of the Lord to reach into the darkest crevices of our world. You are the light of the Lord (Ephesians 5:8).
When we forgive, we reflect Jesus. When we care, we reflect Christ. When we cry over the condition of Christ-less souls, we reflect what our Lord experienced when He wept over the lost condition of His people (Luke 19:41-42). When we feed the hungry, cloth the naked, administer medical care to the sick, or house the homeless, we reflect Jesus. When we speak a word of encouragement, we reflect Christ. When we are kind instead of cross, we reflect Christ on the cross. When we give generously, we reflect God. When we build hospitals, schools, churches, or provide clean water, we reflect the Lord. When we are honest, kind, selfless, patient, loving, and good listeners, we reflect the Lord. When we are accountable and enforce accountability, we reflect Almighty God. When we take the time to lovingly speak truth, we reflect the Lord. When we fulfill our commitments, we reflect Christ. Reflecting God means we resolve to be who we are in Christ.
Lead others into the light of the Lord. Use your home to illuminate His love. Your home can become a little bit of heaven to those whose lives are a lot like hell. Invest time and money in those who cannot or will not give back. Orphans, single parents, the jobless, the homeless, homosexuals, adulterers, divorcees, and the poor all need the warmth of God’s love. Some find themselves in a Christ-less condition. They are cold and needy. They may feel God has forsaken them in their dark and depressed state. So reflect God to them. Be a responsible citizen in the Kingdom of light (Colossians 1:12).
Taken from reading #58 in the new upcoming (release date Labor Day) 90-day devotional, Seeking God in the Psalms.
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