My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Saturday, September 15, 2012
All Your works shall give thanks to You, O LORD, And Your godly ones shall bless You.
(Psalms 145:10 NASB)
They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom And talk of Your power;
(Psalms 145:11 NASB)
My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.
(Psalms 145:21 NASB)
“When I bring them back from the peoples and gather them from the
lands of their enemies, then I shall be sanctified through them in the
sight of the many nations.
(Ezekiel 39:27 NASB)
That title probably seems a bit odd because we all know that God is
holy, it is his very nature, and he is not in need of sanctification.
However, the world's perception of God comes through what they see in
his people. God is not viewed as a holy God if his people are not
viewed as a holy people. When God's people act and respond in ways
which are not in line with God's character, the people of the world
assume that this is God's character being revealed. The Israelites had
long ago given up holy living and had given themselves over to so many
foreign gods that no one even know who the true God was anymore. Now,
God is speaking through his prophet that when they return home from
exile, they will be worshipers of him alone -- and by doing this, God
will again be seen as a holy God. He will be sanctified because they
will lift him up as the God that he truly is. Through the praise of the
people, through the blessing of his name, his nature is revealed to all
This week our world has erupted into trouble and turmoil, much of it
blamed on differing religious views. As followers of Jesus Christ I
think we need to take time to stop and think about our response. Our
response is not just a personal response, but is viewed as a religious
response. If the world sees us as Christians, what about our response
reveals the God whom we truly serve? Is God sanctified through our
responses, or are we revealing some sort of a personal god to the world
that in no way resembles the true holy God?
Too often it seems that we speak, or write, or post about things
without taking the time to think about the consequences. We do not
simply speak for ourselves, but if we carry a particular label -- be it
Christian, Jew, Muslim, American, Arab, etc. we must recognize that
others around us will connect us to the labels which we wear. Our
actions and behaviors do have consequences and they are not just for us
singularly but become a reflection of a society and the God whom we
purport to be serving and representing.
In reality it is a huge responsibility to think that the reflection
of God seen in us is the way that the world will perceive God. If God's
people are not sanctified, will the world see God as being sanctified?
I believe that as followers of Jesus Christ we have a responsibility to
as genuinely reflect the true God to this world as possible.
Therefore, we must allow God to sanctify us, to fill us with his Spirit,
to allow his thoughts to become our thoughts and to seek him with all
our hearts -- before we react. May our reactions only come from him so
that the world may see the true God and that he may be a sanctified God
through the actions of his people.
Lord, we seek your mind, your wisdom and your leading for our world today. Amen.