Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Reflections: Broken and Beautiful (Part 2)

Reflections...when we look at ourselves in the mirror we don't always like what we see because we see our reflection through filters of insecurities, fear, guilt and pride. But what do other people see when they look at your life?


Luke 19:1-10 - He entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small of stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today." So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all grumbled, "He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner." And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold." And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost."

Zacchaeus’ reaction to the news that Jesus was coming was to immediately get to where he might catch a glimpse of Jesus. He didn’t say “Sorry, I’m busy, I’ll catch him the next time” – he immediately wanted to catch a glimpse. Something was inside of Zacchaeus that made him curious…that made him want to go and see.

Jesus is irresistible to this world. One encounter with Jesus can change your life. Zacchaeus, even though he had all this world could offer him in the great job and wealth…he still couldn’t resist Jesus. There is something about Jesus’ name that sets him apart – the world saw him and ran to him because he made them feel loved…safe…wanted.

Creation is constantly seeking its creator – we are drawn to him because we are drawn to the truth. 2000 years ago, Christ was here...today, he is here in us. If we could show the world who he really is - they would be drawn to him...and they would never be the same.
Colossians 1:15-20 - He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
He holds all things together and draws everyone to himself. You cannot see a true depiction/reflection of Jesus and not be changed. You cannot stay the same. We were created to reflect his glory. Your reflection should be his...they should not look at me and see Chelsey...they should look at me and see the face of God reflected in my life. We are the image of the invisible God.

We aren't meant to just resemble him. If people don't know what they are looking at, then they will never be changed. We were created to reconcile creation to its creator. Until our life fully reflects His glory - the world will never truly know Him.

To Reconcile is to bring two parties together as one. To be a mediator. Jesus, when he died on the cross, reconciled humanity back to God. When he ascended, he left his Spirit with us so that we could continue to mediate. All 7 billion people on this earth are valuable to God. He has entrusted them to us...if we don't step up as mediators...if we don't reflect his glory, the world will never know who he is!

We are to reflect him, but not just so the lost get found. When darkness sees His glory reflected, it remembers where it's headed. Darkness isn't afraid of you...but they are afraid of Him. James 2:19b says "Even the demons believe—and shudder!" The name of God has all authority and when we reflect Him...darkness has nowhere to stand.

Sometimes, when you feel beat down...when you feel depressed...you need to ask yourself "When was the last time I reflected the light of the Son?" Because when we live like Jesus...when we reflect his light...darkness has no place...and the world can't help but take notice.

Only one thing can stop you from reflecting and reconciling. YOU. Demon's can't stop you but you can...and you are good at it, the devil doesn't even need to try because you are so good at stopping yourself from reflecting His light. If you live how you want to, then the world will never see.
Romans 7:4-6 Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.
We cannot even begin to reflect Christ until we crucify our flesh. We have to die to ourselves daily in order to reflect his glory. We are made of flesh and spirit and they are constantly at war with one another. Until you nail one of them to the cross...the flesh and sinful nature will always win. Until you discipline yourself and surrender to Jesus, your sinful nature...your flesh will dominate and defeat you...all to keep the lost from seeing. But we have to remember, our sinful nature doesn't crucify itself. We have to fight against it.

Prayer is one of the biggest ways we can fight our flesh. It's harder for sin to interrupt if we are in constant communication with God. We have to have the motivation to want to fight though...we have to actively fight and change. 

You would call a person insane if they kept doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result...but we are no different for blaming God for our lifestyle but never doing anything to change ourselves. God gave us the strength to change, but we have to be motivated to change.
We want to look like Jesus to the world. That requires a lot more than a sign up sheet (this isn't the girl scouts). We can't just pray and expect him to change us...we have to pick up our cross and follow him. If you want freedom in Jesus...you have to crucify your flesh - lay it down and don't ever look back.

Glory to God
by Fee
Before the world was made
Before you spoke it to be
You were the King of Kings
Yeah you were, yeah you were
And now You’re reigning still
Enthroned above all things
Angels and saints cry out
We join them as we sing

Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory to God Forever
Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory to God Forever

Creator God You gave me breath
So I could praise Your great and matchless name
All my days, all my days
So let my whole life be a blazing offering
A life that shouts and sings
The greatness of our King

Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory to God Forever
Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory to God Forever

Take my life, and let it be
All for You and for Your glory
Take my life and let it be Yours
Take my life and let it be
All for You and for Your glory
Take my life and let it be Yours

We sing, Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory to God Forever
Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory to God Forever

Take my life, and let it be
All for You and for Your glory
Take my life and let it be Yours
Take my life and let it be
All for You and for Your glory
Take my life and let it be Yours

We sing, Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory to God Forever

1 comment:

Cara said...

"all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God." (2 Cor 5)