A Seemingly Insignificant Act
“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.
Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
1 Corinthians 13:12
Would I never learn? Once again, God had called me to step out of my comfort zone and take a risk with very clear instructions: I was to buy a study Bible and give it to my 18-year-old grandson for Christmas. That gift was offered hesitantly…and joyfully received! Not only that, but it opened up a rich dialogue between us that would never have happened if I hadn't obeyed when God called me to take that step of faith.
As I gratefully pondered the results of being obedient, I noticed a cross on my desk that I had hoped to hang earlier in the week. Deciding to hang it in the place of a decorative mirror was a simple, seemingly insignificant act. But as I hung the cross on my office wall, I was surprised and overwhelmed by God’s presence as he showed me the symbolism of taking down a mirror – a reflection of myself – and replacing it with the cross – a reflection of his love for me. Somehow, the simple act of replacing a mirror with the cross became an act of consecration, anointing me and my prayer space for worship. As my awareness of His presence grew, I knew that God was calling me to an even deeper walk with Him.
My greatest joy is being in his presence, so I can’t help but wonder what it will be like to venture outside of my comfort zone even further into the realm of faith to proclaim the joy of His truth to the world, one person at a time. Sometimes stepping out in faith can still be a little scary, but the results I have seen so far have brought me the greatest blessings I could have ever imagined. That is SO God! We take one small, hesitant step of obedience, and he anoints it to become a blessing of colossal proportions.
As 2016 closes and the New Year begins, I challenge each of you to put away your “mirrors” - the things that cause you to be focused on yourself - and focus on the cross, seeing it as a beautiful reflection of his love for you, and the only thing by which you should ever measure your own worth. Such an amazing gift of love given for you should tell you just how very special you are to him. Ponder his great love and dare to consider what he can accomplish through you today, tomorrow, and throughout 2017. He will never fail you and he will not grow distant if you have failed him, even though it may feel that way sometimes. You may walk away, but He never will. He is always there, always forgiving, always loving, and always longing for you to spend more time with him. His is the most extravagant love you will ever know, and the greatest joy you will ever feel. He is the best friend you have always wanted. All you have to do is open your heart and ask Him to come in. Seek Him with all of your heart and He will be found. He is waiting for you with an open heart…
Prayer: Father, thank you for the priceless gift of your love. Please help those who read these words to experience the infinite depth, breadth and height of your love for them. Overwhelm them with the beauty of your presence and wrap them in your grace. Fill their hearts to overflowing with your love for them. Once they experience your glorious joy and peace, they will be changed from the inside out, and they will begin to seek you even more fervently. There is no love on earth to compare with yours. I praise you and worship you with all of my heart for giving me the blessing of knowing you. Please reveal yourself more fully to those who seek you, in Jesus’ name, amen.
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:16-21
“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”