Thrones and Crowns: To the Church
As the Church, we are responsible for how people see God. It is through us, that God makes himself known and visible. We are the Light of the World not because of our own light but it's His light that shines through us. We are each uniquely different vessels with various gifts, callings, personalities and life experiences. The Father uses all of that to shape us; the looking glass the light comes through. One thing that affects how bright, clear, and potent the light appears is the cleanliness of the looking glass.
Get a look at this picture. If we're the looking glass that Christ shines through.....what would he look like to people if we were filthy, bloody and dusty from life's trials and tribulations with no healing? What if our mirrors were cracked and broken from the heartbreak of life? How would Jesus, the Savior look?
Can you see him through those lenses? That's not a great image is it? He wouldn't look like a savior, healer, deliverer.... would he?
He would look broken, defeated, and unable to make anything or anyone whole wouldn't he?
He would look powerless.
This is our responsibility. This is our privilege. The CHURCH. CHRIST'S GOVERNING BODY. THE AMBASSADORS OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. THIS IS WHO WE ARE. Yet we don't act like it.
You know, Jesus has the right to proper representation. More than anyone else, he deserves to be represented correctly. His image should not be seen through a foggy and cloudy mirror, but a whole one. Nothing missing, nothing broken, everything in its proper place.
I know what your thinking! Ariel, what you're talking about is impossible, you're talking about perfection!
Well you are absolutely right! I am talking about the impossible! But our God lives in the realm of IT'S POSSIBLE!
What if I told you that I AM talking about perfection, but not as how you know it. Biblically speaking perfection means completion, without flaw, or wrinkle.
What if I told you.. perfection is submission.
No one is perfect but Christ, and that is the beauty of being in Christ. He covers us with his perfection, his wholeness.
I think we make being who we are more like a chore of things to do. But the only thing we really need to do is submit. Obedience is probably the hardest thing we have to do, but it's also the most rewarding. The bible says in, 1 SAMUEL 15:22 "Samuel said, “Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices. As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams." You see he would rather you do what he says, than you give him what you think he wants.
Moral of the story, God just wants our surrender. So he can clean and wash us, when people look at us they see him clearly in all his power. When we have placed those traumatic experiences, trials, pain, brokenness all in his hands, people will no longer see dirty or cracked looking glasses. They will just see him and his light through us.
I know, I know, I know.... you're asking what does all of this have to do with Thrones and Crowns? Did you know the only way Jesus rules and reigns on the earth(in this dispensation) is through us?
We are His BODY; HIS MOUTH, HIS HANDS, HIS FEET, HIS EYES, HIS EARS... that's us.
Church, when we become who we are, then Jesus can do what he does.
To know Him, is to love him. To Love Him is to exalt him. To exalt Him is for his kingdom to be established.
Let Him REIGN.
Talk to you soon Lions!
Part II of Thrones and Crowns will be coming soon, but until then listen to this!