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Reflecting God’s Glory

You are all children of the light and children of the day.
We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.
1 Thessalonians 5:5

Have you ever wondered about who you are? About your identity? Jesus sheds light on our quest in his Sermon on the Mount.

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Early in his public ministry, Jesus declared his followers to be “salt of the earth” and “light of the world.” (Matt. 5:13-16)

As salt, we are both a preservative (stopping spiritual and moral decay) and an added flavor (giving others a taste of the kingdom to come). As light, we point others to the source of freedom and security – Jesus Christ.

Salt and light. That sounds like a tall order. But Jesus spoke in the present tense – “you are” – for a reason. We are salt and light precisely because Jesus himself – the true Light of the world and the Redeemer of mankind – lives in us.

Our identity changed when we were born again. We went from being Christ-less to Christ-like. How? By being Christ-filled.

We all began as “babes in Christ” and we are all somewhere on a spiritual continuum as we walk with Christ to become more and more like Christ every day.

The New Testament is replete with exhortations to God’s people to live as people of God. Those who are called Christians should actually be Christ-like.

Why? When the life of Christ is lived in us, we reveal Jesus to others.

In other words, our lives should reflect God’s glory.

If we truly experience God, we will be sharing Him – in our walk and in our talk.

Our conduct should reflect our identity as children of God. As the apostle John wrote, “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5)

We do not belong to the night, we belong to the true Light of the world.

Jesus instructed us to “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16)

Let’s do that starting today!

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Blessed Are the Pure in Heart

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
Matthew 5:8

What will it be like to see God? It will be awesome! We will see his purity in all its splendor and glory.

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One of God’s greatest attributes is his purity. He is perfection, without blemish. His integrity is utterly pure. Spotless.

We see God’s purity in the sinless life of Jesus, who, though tempted in all things, always yielded to the will of his Father.

When we see God face-to-face, we will see him as he is. And we will be fully transformed into his image.

“But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him
as he really is. And all who have this eager expectation
will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.”
(1 John 3:2-3 NLT)

We should be pure just as Jesus is pure.

That is Jesus’ point in Matthew – to be pure in heart.

This is why Paul exhorts us to replace the old man with the new. We should eliminate those things in our lives that do not belong there.

Every time we seek and do God’s will instead of our own, we are being purified.

If we grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ today, we will fully experience the purity of Jesus in heaven.

Revelation 19:7-9 speaks of the bride of Christ who “has made herself ready” and is “arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.”

We, the Bride, are being purified for our marriage to Jesus, the Lamb of God.

Let us eagerly embrace our purification just as a bride prepares for her wedding day.