DayBreaks for 1/29/14 – God Showing Through
Galatians 2:20 (NLT) My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
One Sunday as they drove home from church, a little girl turned to her mother and said, “Mommy, there’s something about the preacher’s message this morning that I don’t understand.” The mother said, “Oh? What is it?” The little girl replied, “Well, he said that God is bigger than we are. He said God is so big that He could hold the whole world in His hand. Is that true?” The mother replied, “Yes, that’s true, honey.” “But Mommy, he also said that God comes to live inside of us when we believe in Jesus as our Savior. Is that true, too?” Again, the mother assured the little girl that what the pastor had said was true. With a puzzled look on her face the little girl then asked, “If God is bigger than us and He lives in us, wouldn’t He show through?”
Many people debate about the meaning and purpose of the Beatitudes. Some say that it is a true prescription for what the Christian should achieve. Others say that it is a goal that we are to reach for, but which God doesn’t expect us to ever achieve. You are entitled to your opinion – I have one, but I think I’ll keep it to myself! But this is the point: I think that the little girl was on to something huge that is typified by what we see in the beatitudes. No matter what else they may be, the beatitudes are about the life of God “showing through” us, becoming visible to a world that needs to see and know and come to love God.
When you are out and about, what is showing through you? Is it God and the characteristics in the Beatitudes, or is it your pride, anger, selfishness, competitiveness, etc.?
Think about it!
PRAYER: The beatitudes are such a challenge, Lord, and we can despair of ever living up to them. We realize we won’t do that perfectly, but we pray that we will do it well enough so that You do shine through us because You are too big in our lives to be hidden! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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