The best proof of the resurrected Jesus is not the sacred text, historical evidence, or eyewitness accounts, the most persuasive, irrefutable validation is YOU! Someone once said, “I know Jesus changed my life because I was there when it happened!” You are audible, visible proof of the life-changing power of Jesus. When told succinctly and clearly, your story of how you met Christ is the on-ramp for others to place their faith in Christ. Jesus’ famous last words were “you shall be my witness.” The ones who heard Him changed the world. This week we are reorienting our thoughts towards sharing our Jesus. As you read the devos, think deeply, slowly and pray for a heart shift. Somebody you know needs to hear about Jesus. A big thanks to the many of you that have shared and reposted the devos.
“To whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27
Many people often wonder, “Why are we on Planet Earth?” While this is a complex, esoteric question, perhaps we are here for a Kingdom purpose.
The Kingdom to which we have been called is a Kingdom of God’s glory. Our calling is directly related to His presence. We are here to make His glory known – to express the presence of God. He wants to “move around” and be seen and known through us, just like He moved around and was seen and known in the Tabernacle of the Old Testament.
In fact, until this time, God’s glory has been in a burning bush, on the face of Moses, in a cloud by day and a fire at night, in a tabernacle, and in a temple. But God’s glory is now in a new home. If we have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, then the hope of God’s presence on earth now rests inside you and me. God’s hope of making His presence known down here is placed inside us – Christ in us, the hope of glory.
Just imagine, you are the “home” for God’s glory! What an incredible honor, blessing, and privilege. You are to bear and express the glory of God wherever you go! “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31) The Creator has a hope and desire for your life. His heart is longing to engage you in divine purpose.
What thoughts and feelings do you have about being trusted as a “bearer” of God’s glory? What does it do to your heart to know that God is longing for you to extend His presence and express His glory?
Father, what a wonder it is that I can express Your presence – Your life and love – in my world; make me ever mindful of this privilege. Might Your Spirit stir me often with gratitude, wonder, and praise.