Sunday, April 27, 2014

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Affirmation of Christ as Lord and God

“He is the image of the invisible God, the first born over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones and powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him” (V.15,16)
Think about how many things you need to see to believe and what you’ve believed without seeing. How important is it to see and believe? What do you think God looks like?  Have you felt his power in your life? Maybe you’ve been at a low point in your life and sought God through it all.  How did God bring you through it? In many obstacles in our life we have seen God if we sought him. Maybe you just sat down and when you opened the bible and just happened to seen the verse you needed for encouragement. Maybe a friend noticed what you were going through and reached out in comfort. Maybe you’ve experienced a miracle in your life.  These are different ways of “seeing” God in your life but it is also important to remember to seek him to experience Him. In verse 18, seeing God is not as important as knowing that everything finds a purpose in him. To see God is to know him and in return be known by him. We all probably grew up saying the common Lord Prayer, but when did we really start paying attention to what we are saying? We are exalting our God and asking for forgiveness and praying for his will to be done in our life. 
In John 1:18 it says, “No-one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.” In this verse, it says although we have not seen what God looks likes, we have seen who is at his side - Jesus. In verse 15 , it basically says that we can picture God because Jesus is made in his image.  He is the visible image of an invisible God. Verses 21-23 reminds of how much we’ve turned against God so much that he had to send Jesus to redeem us from our sins. We must continue to appreciate this amazing gift of redemption that our Father has given and always find purpose in his will. Paul reminds us to be aware of how God holds us in the palm of his hands and we must be strong in him and not be distracted from living the life He wants for us. Keep your eyes fixed on the author of your life and Continue to seek our unseen God in your life.
Prayer: Dear God, let us always strive to know your purpose in our lives.... Amen.

Thought for the day: What does God picture when He thinks of you?

Jess  Jolly, St Thomas MTC NY