Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:05 AM

March 20, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:05 AM
Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:05 AM

John 14:8-14

Jesus walked those dusty roads of Palestine with one exclusive purpose in mind, namely to introduce God to anyone who would listen. He had no other agenda. When he began calling for some to follow him, he expected them to do exactly what he was doing – reflect God. Nothing has changed.

How are you doing as a reflector of God?

I’m sure that some of you may respond to this question by asking three things:

1. How, on earth, can I reflect God?

2. What could I possibly reflect of God?

3. Where can I find the time to do such a thing?

Good questions, too -- right to the crux of the matter. Many decades before Jesus, there was a fellow named David, who although he sometimes didn’t practice what he preached, seemed to have quite an understanding of such questions. One of David’s key points, however, was that you have to deal with question #3, before you can deal with the others.

In Psalm 46:10, it reads: “Step out of the traffic. Take a long, loving look at me, your…God!” (The Message)

Nothing has ever changed since humans found themselves on the outside of the Garden of Eden. They/we have wanted to go faster – and faster – and yet faster. They/we have wanted to go farther – and farther – and yet farther. They/we have wanted more – and more – and yet more. We never want to be found in a situation where we don’t have anything to do. If we don’t have something to do, then we make up something to do.

How interesting that David, at least three thousand years ago, knew that unless one prioritized time to search for, ponder, discuss, and probe the mysteries of God, he/she would never discover them – and if we don’t know God, how can we reflect God?

David also had some insights in response to question #1. In Psalm 36, verses 5 – 9, he described God in this way: “God’s love is meteoric, his loyalty astronomic, his purpose titanic, his verdicts oceanic. Yet in his largeness, nothing gets lost; not a man, nor a mouse slips through the cracks. How exquisite is your love, O God! How eager we are to run under your wings, as you fill our ‘water bottles’ (RER) with Eden spring water.

Now it’s your turn. What would it really mean for you to “step out of the traffic” in order to “be still, and know that I am God”?

Heavenly Father, help me slow down, get out of the traffic, and listen to/for YOU. 

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