Thursday, January 31, 2013

You Are Meant To Be Seen

God has chosen not to hide us away but to use us as a light on a hill. This means everyone can see us; we are always on display. Even when you don't want to be seen, you are seen. Our entire purpose is to be the light bearers so God can glorify himself to the world through us. Aside from Jesus we have no other purpose. You are meant to be seen.

Some people are afraid of this because they have this notion that we have to be perfect; that we cannot allow any imperfection to be seen. If we are sick we don't tell anyone. If we are in financial trouble we keep it to ourselves. We don't want to rob God of his glory by showing our weakness. How foolish we are to think that God doesn't want to use our weaknesses. In fact, Jesus is often able to shine through our weaknesses better than our strengths. Apostle Paul did not hide his struggles.

Surrounded by strong men of faith, Paul would send them out with letters and personal news about himself so others could see what God is doing, and be encouraged:

Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts. (Colossians 4:7-8)

Now I am not talking about complaining. Words of complaint only prove to destroy people, not encourage them. But neither do we hide our circumstances, so when God takes action others will see and marvel at what an incredible God he is. How will they learn of his compassion unless they see it in action in us? What about his mercy and grace? What about his forgiveness? No we don't hide these things away and try to project perfection because that would be a lie. Instead they need to see our faith in action as we trust Jesus in every aspect and circumstance of our lives.

The light on the hill cannot be hidden. It's purpose is to be seen and to encourage. God does not want you hiding away your circumstances but neither does he want you complaining. Let people see your life and your faith. Let them hear statements of trust and dependence. Let them hear the praises as God responds to your needs. Be as transparent as apostle Paul was and God will be glorified in all things through you. The world needs to know and see the reality of our relationship with Jesus, not just the sterilized plastic version.

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