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Devotional - week of August 12, 2007


IF ANYONE HAD SEEN ME

 

… [Present] your members as instruments of righteousness to God.  Romans 6:13

 

The clear implication of this fifth command for living by grace is that God desires to live through His children.

 

Concentrate on one of the times you knew that God was telling you to do some particular thing. You knew it was the will of God. You had an abundance of faith in God. You did it with the love of God. When the act of righteousness was completed, you may have thought, “If anyone had seen me, he would have seen God at work.” You would have been right. It was God using the members of your body to express His righteousness.

 

Jesus did not cease being God when He came to earth. He came, though, as a man and to live as a man. However, when Philip asked Jesus to show the disciples the Father, Jesus responded with, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” Jesus could say this because the Father was always living in and through Him.

 

Because Jesus came to live as a man, He revealed what a man—a human being—should and could look like and what God the Father does look like.

 

When a believer has Christ-like experiences as the one described earlier, if anyone should see him, he would see in him God’s love at work and what God’s idea of a man is like.

 

From time to time all believers have Christ-like experiences. We all know the joy of having them. We know the sense of fulfillment when we have them. God has in mind that we have a continual joy and sense of fulfillment by having a continual flow of these experiences.

 

We will never get to the place when others can see in us what God’s love is like every moment of our lives as was true of Jesus while He lived on earth as a man. We can have a continual increase of time in our daily lives when others who see us will see God’s love at work through us.

 

The increase of time in which others can see God at work in us is one of the most important and fulfilling results of living out the life of grace.