Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Reveal Him, Not Me

I want to be famous. I want to be a star. I want to be teacher of the year. I want to sell the most products. I want to be the president of my company. I want to be president of the United States. There’s a pattern in these statements and it centers on me; I want to be recognized.

I need a job. I need to earn more money. I need a new car. I need to pay my bills. I need to put food on the table for my family. I need some new clothes. There’s a pattern in these statements; I have needs. 

Why doesn’t my child listen to me? Why is she making wrong choices? Why did my dad have to die? Why is my life destroyed by cancer? When is my financial situation going to get better? Why did I have to lose everything I own in that hurricane? There’s a pattern in these questions and it’s still about me. 

Did you know that this life is NOT about us? It’s about God our Father who created heaven and earth. It’s about Jesus, His Son, who came to earth to live and die for us, bridging the gap caused by sin. It’s about His Holy Spirit who lives in us when we accept Christ Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior. This God, who is three in one, shares His glory with us, and we are to share it with others. 

The world that God created needs Him; oh how we need Him. Sin has spread like wildfire and captured many people within its fiery tentacles. The only escape is through belief in Jesus. It may sound trite and silly to those who don’t believe or have struggled with God’s answered or unanswered prayers, but it’s true. Jesus rescues, delivers, and frees people from sin through belief in Him. 

Jesus lived to bring God the Father glory and show us how to share in that glory. He died to free us from sin. He is the truth that can set us free from anything that binds us (John 8:32). The things that have seized our hearts and minds, leaving us paralyzed with worry and fear, can be replaced by a peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7, Colossians 1:20). We can have inexpressible joy instead of heart-wrenching sorrow (Isaiah 61:7, Jeremiah 31:13). The love of God can fill us with His strength and security (Psalm 37:39, Zechariah 14:11). We can live in freedom through Christ Jesus. 

The way to begin living in this freedom is by giving God our praises. Our songs of praise and thanksgiving should ring out loud and clear, making the glory of the Lord known to all around us. When we sing praises to our Father in heaven, we receive His truth, peace, joy, and love. Then His glory is revealed in our lives and life becomes about Him, not us. 

Let’s take the focus off of ourselves, our problems, our needs, and our desires, and set our focus on God Almighty. Let’s praise God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit with His words from Scripture, and rest in the assurance that we will be set free from the pain and strife in this world. Then His glory will shine through our lives, and others will see and believe. 

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
Because the Lord has anointed me
To bring good news to the afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives
And freedom to prisoners;
To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.
Psalm 61:1-3 (NASB)

The Lord is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart exults,
And with my song I shall thank Him.
Psalm 28:7 (NASB)

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord while I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
Do not trust in princes,
In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation. 
His spirit departs, he returns to the earth;
In that very day his thoughts perish.
How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
Whose hope is in the Lord his God,
Who made heaven and earth,
The sea and all that is in them;
Who keeps faith forever;
Who executes justice for the oppressed;
Who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free.

The Lord opens the eyes of the blind;
The Lord raises up those who are bowed down;
The Lord loves the righteous;
The Lord protects the strangers;
He supports the fatherless and the widow,
But He thwarts the way of the wicked.
The Lord will reign forever,
Your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord!
Psalm 146 (NASB)

Jesus lived to reveal God’s glory. His life centered, not on Himself, but on prayer and praise to God. Jesus prayed, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” His prayerful praises revealed God the Father. Let your praises ring out this week with Jesus by praying the first sentence of our Lord’s Prayer. Reveal Him, not yourself, and return next week ready to praise God with your prayers. Just as the skies reveal His glory, may the glory of God be revealed in us! (Over the summer, I took these pictures and saw the glory of God in the heavens.)

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