We live in a busy world. We have families, jobs, and ministries that help us prioritize our days. But what do the people we interact with each day see in us? The challenging questions are all within the text. As you read this, please think about how others see you.
Here is a sermon which none can dispute!
(George Everard, “Up High!” 1884)
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.” Matthew 5:16
We are to let the beauty of Jesus be seen upon us, that some rays of His glorious holiness may be manifested to the eyes of the world around. We are to go forth clothed in . . .
that sinners about us may gain some faint idea of His grace, through His likeness seen in us.
When, from beneath the humble garb of some lowly disciple, there shines forth something of Christ, something of what He was when on earth–here is a sermon which none can dispute, here is an appeal to the human conscience, more eloquent than the most powerful address ever made from the pulpit!
Christian, do you thus glorify Christ day by day?
Does your life speak so distinctly and plainly for Christ that men cannot fail to hear?
Does your temper, your tone of thought and speech, bear witness that you walk continually before God?
Do men take knowledge of you, that you have been with Him–and that He is with you?
Is there transparent sincerity in what you say, and unsullied integrity in all your actions?
Is there the spirit of self-sacrifice–trampling SELF under foot, and spending time and money for the welfare of others?
Is there a deep hatred of sin as sin, and a desire to do the will of God under all circumstances?
Is there a fixed determination rather to die, than willfully to break a single command, or cast a shadow of dishonor on the name of Him who so loved you?
Do you “long to be like Jesus,” and every moment to live devotedly and wholly in His service?
Then for this purpose, plead with Him this prayer, “Lord Jesus, glorify Yourself in me! Help me to show forth by my daily life, that I have been with You. May Your image be formed in me, and may Your life on earth be the pattern which I ever strive to follow.”
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001