DayBreaks for 7/17/18 – With Unveiled Faces

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DayBreaks for 7/17/18: With Unveiled Faces

From the DayBreaks archive, July 2008:

2 Corinthians 3:12-18 (NIV) – Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

My dad’s last surviving brother passed away on Sunday, July 6.  Out of my dad’s entire family (there were 8 brothers and sisters who survived into adulthood) only 2 of the sisters remain.  Somehow, with the passing of my final “blood” uncle, I sense that a connection with my dad has been lost, and that is sad.  Out of the Grover Dalrymple line of the Dalrymples, I am now the oldest male bearing the surname Dalrymple.  It doesn’t seem possible.

As I contemplated what to share at my uncle’s “home-going celebration” in Oregon this past week, I was drawn to the passage above from 2 Corinthians, and I saw in it some things that I’d never seen or contemplated before.  When we become believers, the “veil” is removed and we can reflect the Lord’s glory. 

But wait – there’s still a challenge here, isn’t there?  How well do you think you reflect the Lord’s glory?  Somehow, I doubt that I am the only one who fails to always (often?) reflect His glory.  In fact, there are probably more times that I fail to reflect the glory like I should than the times when I do reflect it properly.  Why is it that I fail to reflect his image very well?  Could it be because I am still in the flesh?  The flesh is a veil of sorts, and as along as we are in the flesh, we’ll struggle to reflect Jesus’ glory. 

We are given the great privilege and challenge of letting the glory of the Light shine through us, even while bound up in the veil of flesh.  I think that when the flesh is laid aside, as it was by my uncle Dale, we finally, with an unveiled face, can really begin to show the glory of the Lord.  I suspect that if I were able to see my uncle now, that I’d be amazed at how the glory of the Lord, Whom he has now beheld face to face, is reflected by uncle Dale.  It didn’t take much for Moses’ face to shine as a result of being in the presence of the Lord.  How much more for those who have been welcomed into His home?  This is our destiny!

PRAYER:  It is hard to believe that you call us to reflect your glory, that you give us the privilege of bearing your image and showing your Light to the world.  Thank you for the great privilege of helping to make you visible to the world, and even as our faces are still veiled by the flesh, we pray that you will bring yourself glory through your children.   In Jesus’ name, Amen.

COPYRIGHT 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

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DayBreaks for 7/5/16 – If You Could Do Life Over Again

DayBreaks for 7/05/16 – If You Could Do Life Over Again

Galen is on vacation. From the DayBreaks archive, June 2006:

At a conference I attended in February, Tony Campolo told about a survey that was done with a group of people who were 95 years old.  They asked these people to reflect on how they’d do their lives over again if they could – what changes they might make.  Their responses reflected the wisdom that can only come from having lived so long, and we would do well to listen and learn from them.  Here’s their top three responses:

FIRST: We’d reflect more – create a “thin place”.  Rather than jumping to conclusions and judgments, rather than rushing so hard to get through each day and onto the next task, they would stop to think more about the beauty of a flower, the sound of the birds, the meaning of life and what makes it worth living.  They found that busyness was not a satisfactory answer – they’d done too much of that and wished they’d taken more time to create a place where they could be near to important things and to God;

SECOND: We’d risk more – This may seem like a contradiction of the first item.  Reflection would tend to make us think that we’d take less risk, not more.  But what they were really saying is that when we become so concerned about ourselves that we’re afraid to give, afraid to love, afraid to dare and dream great things, we become smaller people who die a bit faster.  The human body ages not because the cells die, but because they stop dividing.  They become more “self-centered”, afraid to risk dividing and giving and “taking a chance.”  How tragic when we let our fears keep us from attempting things of value – great things for God.

THIRD: We’d do more that would live on after we’re gone.  Oh, this one makes me draw in my breath.  We are so very busy with just trying to maintain our standard of living, to keep the bills paid, that we don’t invest much time in our children, our grandchildren, the lives of our neighbors, co-workers and loved ones.  The things you do at work every day may or may not live on after you’re gone.  But know this: only those things which are done for others, and especially for God, will live on after you have died.  And since people are the only things that will go on into eternity from this world, it is in people that we should invest like there is no tomorrow – because there may not be.

Will we have the wisdom to learn from these aged sages and to make the changes we need in our lives to think more, to risk more and to do more that will outlive us? 

PRAYER:  Lord Jesus, slow us down.  Bring us into the quiet place where we can meet with you and hear your voice telling us how you want us to re-order our lives.  Help us to remember that You are the Lord of great things and that You were the greatest risk taker who has ever lived.  And help us to live wisely so that we will invest in things that live on long after we are a faded memory.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2016, Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

 

DayBreaks for 2/6/14 – Roadside Reflectors

DayBreaks for 2/06/14 – Roadside Reflectors

Psalm 119:5 (NLT)  Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees!

In an article entitled “Reflect the Light,” Roble Nebres tells about the time he drove to the summit of Mt. Haleakala. After watching the sunset it became dark and he became anxious about the descent down the steep, winding road. When he left the parking lot the median strips on the road suddenly came alive with reflectorized lights. They provided a much needed directional guide on the mountain road.

The reflectors illuminated the way for Nebres, who made his descent safely down the treacherous mountain road. The reflectors, however, were useless without his headlights shining on them. The light they gave depended on the light from another source. Otherwise they could not help him see.

When Jesus told his disciples they were the “light of the world,” he meant they were to be reflectors of the light of God. God is the illuminating source. God provides the light that is reflected from us. And God needs us to be reflectors of God’s light to a world of darkness.

It used to be that there was no such thing as roadside reflectors on our highways. What changed that? The sheer amount of carnage, death and destruction that took place on the roads. The reflectors were added as warnings, as a means to improve our vision and awareness. The amount of devastation that takes place along the roadway of life is far greater than anything that ever happened on our highways. The need for reflectors of the Light is great!

Will you be one of those reflectors?

PRAYER: Lord, let us be those who give warning of impending disaster and let us always be aware of our own need for such warnings as we journey life’s highway! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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Life As An Image Bearer

John Ortberg (writing for Leadership.com, I believe) made the following observations:  “In ancient Mesopotamian culture, only kings were made in the image of a powerful god; peasants were actually thought to be made by inferior Gods. This is what the writer of Genesis challenges: Then God said, “let us make human beings in our image; in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish…”  So God created human beings in his own image, In the image of God he created them; Male and female he created them. Genesis 1:26-27

 

We are reflections of His image...

“This is single most world-changing truth about human dignity and equality ever recorded.  Imagine what it did to the heart of peasants and slaves when they heard that not just kings but EVERY human being was made in the divine image.

 

“What if there was a community where everybody treated everybody else as if they were a king? Nobody on top; nobody on bottom?

“This is why low self esteem is so painful-you were made to experience life as an image-bearer.  This is why the mis-treatment of another human being is so serious. This is why justice can never be separated from the gospel.

“The fact that you were made in the image of God tells you not just about your worth, but also about your destiny. The main point of ‘image of God’ language in scripture is not about some ability or trait we share with God, its about the mission He has given us.

“In ancient times, there was no media or internet; the king would set up an image (TSELEM) of himself in every corner of his empire so people would know whose kingdom they were in. (Kind of like politicians now put their picture in post offices).

“Genesis is saying that just as a king would place images of himself around so people would know who was ruling, ‘So God has placed his own image, human beings, into his world so that the world can see who its ruler is.’ N. T. Wright

“God’s plan was to graciously share His power through Spirit-breathed little dust bunnies.

“Through our learning, our work, our culture, our relationships, technology, the arts, medicine; we are with humility to add goodness and beauty to families and societies and creation so that God’s whole project becomes a glorious delight to all who see it.”

Dust bunnies?  Yes, when compared to God Almighty, we are of no more significance than dust bunnies are to us as humans.  Yet the Everlasting God has breathed His Spirit into us, stamping His image on all believers so that the world will know whose world this is and give Him glory.

PRAYER: Thank You for creating us to be walking, talking exhibits of Who You are.  Help us to live up to that challenge, and for those struggling with who and what they are, help them to be blessed by knowing Your image is stamped deep in them.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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