♣ That His Greatness be known
“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face to shine upon us, that Your way may be known on earth, Your saving power among all nations” – Psalm 67:1-2.
This ought to be every professing Christian’s motive in desiring to be blessed by God and yet so much of modern Christianity has refashioned the God of the Old and New Testament into a genie whose sole purpose is to bless all of our dreams and plans.
God will not have his children morbidly self-centred and if regeneration has taken place in the soul, then God will bless us in order to be a blessing to others. Have we realised that to be truly blessed of God is to be full of His life that we may walk in His ways? It is never to squander God’s goodness on ourselves. Of course God wants us to enjoy the good things He bestows, but fallen humanity has so cleverly twisted God’s blessing that it hoards it for its own comfort and welfare. If there is no flow for water to pass through then it shall find another outlet; likewise with us if we are to squirrel away God’s benevolence toward us that in turn is to benefit others.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, Who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer” (2 Corinthians 1:3-7). There is the insignia of selfless Christianity. How often we hear that our trials are meant to better us when in actuality the real intent behind them is to advance the body of Christ.
Take note of the Christian who has been made poor yet is enabled to make others spiritually rich; who has been sorely afflicted yet is able to greatly comfort others; who has been through deep darkness, yet brings the brightest light unto others; who is dying unto self while bringing life unto others. What a stark contrast to what is generally passed for Christianity in our day. Selfianity ends with ‘Bless my soul, O Lord’ while Christianity endeavours to ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul.’ Instead of praying, “Lord, bless my life” how about earnestly asking the Lord to make our life a blessing to Him?
“He who believes in Me, out of his innermost being will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37) – and that flow is what brings life unto others; it is to lead them unto the Source of life: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink” (verse 38). So many pastors are great in the eyes of many congregants while the Chief Shepherd takes second place; only God’s name is to be great while man ought to pale into insignificance and remain in the shadows. A pastor’s work is to lead souls to the Shepherd and after when having preached, God is the only one Who is to be left impressed upon the minds and hearts of others, not how brilliantly a man can expound the Word of God. What stinging truth are the words of Oswald Chambers, “If I, as a minister of God, attract attention unto myself, I have failed my mission.”
A church marked by God will make its mark on the world; it does not exist as a club where its members come to be blessed and then go home to discuss what wonderful experiences they had. A New Testament Church is a demonstrative Church before the world, not performing drama to entertain its own; it is light and salt for the world to see and taste how great the Lord is. The Church is here to make known among the nations how glorious God’s name is and only through Him can the world in dire need of salvation be found. Know that a church marked in heaven is also a church marked in hell. These are not mere theoretical or striking words but realities intimately heard, seen and felt. The true Church of Jesus Christ is endowed with a treasure this world knows nothing of and yet how pitiable that many churches use the world’s glitter to attract the unsaved; how lamentable that churches substitute the joy of the Lord with carnal entertainment; how humiliating for churches professing to possess a power that it doesn’t have when all the while the world looks on and says, “You have nothing worthwhile to offer what we don’t already have.”
The world looks for a people that sells all it has for just one pearl of greatest price. Christians, we have such Treasure and how we see it will determine the measure in how we portray that before the world. May God indeed be gracious unto us again to bless us and cause His face to shine upon us, in order that His ways be made known throughout the earth and His saving power encountered among all nations.
Posted on May 17, 2014, in ♣ Devotional and tagged 2 Corinthians 1:3-7, body of Christ, carnal entertainment, demonstrative Church, devotional, God's goodness, God's ways known, God’s name, John 7:37, John 7:38, Mark Anthony Williams, marked by God, marked in hell, Modern Christianity, motive, New Testament Church, Oswald Chambers, pastor, Psalm 67:1-2, salvation, self-centred, selfless, Shepherd, Source of life, spiritually rich, That His Greatness be Known, treasure. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.