We’ve all been on group adventures before. I am hoping that you have, so that it won’t be difficult to articulate what the Holy Spirit has laid on my heart today, both for me and for you.
~Let’s dive right in~
So, you are out and about. Maybe at a youth conference, event or some type of get together. There are always several instances when you all realize, “okay, group picture!” Everyone huddles together and essentially, the entire group knows “the drill.” You know what I’m talking about. Tall people to the back and the shorter folks gather towards the front so that each face can be seen. I hope you are tracking with me, thus far!
Anyway, everyone has assumed position but there are a few places in the line-up where the person in the front row might be roughly the same height as the individual behind them.
…OK, fine. It’s actually not that huge of an issue because like I mentioned before, we all know the drill. What happens, then? Yes, the person or persons in the front row will get lower and take a seat (criss-cross applesauce, of course), so that the face of the person or persons in the back row can be seen in the picture.
I know that most of you have been saying to yourself, “alright Bethany, where are you going with this?” I won’t beat around the bush. The Holy Spirit has used this vision to show me something so powerful today and I believe He wants me to share it with The Body of Christ, as well.
The Spirit of God says to us today that sometimes, we need to sit down so that when people take a look at our [big] picture, they will be able to see the face of God the Father. I mean, there are times when even I don’t see what God is up to behind the scenes! I can’t imagine how blinded people that haven’t met Him are to His hand and work that take place EVERYDAY!
John 3:30 reads, “He MUST increase, but I MUST decrease.”
John the Baptist stated those words. How beautiful and humbling. We are very aware of the fact that each and every being needs Jesus. It’s literally a life or death situation. It’s so challenging for me at times to make certain that in everything that I say or do, God reaps all of the glory. In order for Him to get the glory for things that take place in my life, I have to step out of the way. I needed to be reminded today that it is time for me, maybe for you, to take a seat and let God’s glorious face shine in the picture. Maybe you are like me. Maybe you feel like you are trying so hard to show people the goodness of God. Maybe you are spreading yourself thin in attempts to give Jesus’ love to everyone you come into contact with. If you are, AWESOME! I encourage you to continue that. But maybe, you feel like you are getting no where with people. That is okay because, hear me, God knows things that you don’t know! He sees things that you don’t see. More importantly, HE can do things that you can’t do! It is crucial that I decrease so that He may increase.
I pray that you see just how powerful this word is. In the book of 1 Corinthians, Paul says that he(Paul), “planted seeds, Apollos watered, BUT GOD gave the growth,” (3:6-7). I encourage you each to continue on living for the sake of the gospel! Keep planting seeds in people! Keep watering! Keep on keeping on! Only one thing more: you must remember Who controls the harvest. The growth is in the hands of the Lord, our good, good Father.
Do you realize that for some, the gospel and saving grace of Jesus are actually a mystery yet to be revealed to them? Some haven’t heard! Some don’t know! They have no view of the bigger picture. Sure, I haven’t the slightest idea of why God has put me in some places but I go there and do this or that because I know what the bigger picture looks like! Glory to God.
…9 making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His purpose, which He set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth.
Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but to them it has not been granted.”
Believer, you are blessed because you know what the bigger picture looks like. It looks a whole lot like Jesus and it looks like a paradise that we couldn’t even possibly put into words. The presence of God that we talk about and even meditate in/on and seek to graze in as much as we can, yes… THAT! That is the bigger picture! You know what the mystery is. When you said “yes” to Jesus, you solved it. Now, live in such a way that God can be glorified in your life. Let Jesus’ light radiate off of you. Allow His love to rush, like a mighty river, in and through you. The gospel has everything to do with our Lord…