“I wish I could see God.” Have you ever said those words or wished you could ask God for His opinion on a particular subject? If so, look to Jesus. Study His walk on earth. Pay attention to His teachings. Why? Because Colossians 1:15 says Jesus is the image of the invisible God which means “an exact replica, representation, or ‘picture’ of an original.”* In other words, God with skin, hair, nails, eyes, teeth…a beating heart, a warm touch, wisdom beyond our imagination. When we look at Jesus, we’re looking at God. When we listen to Jesus, we’re listening to God. If it has been a while since you read Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, go back and read it very slowly and carefully. Listen as if you were sitting in Jesus’s presence. Listen for why Jesus might be speaking those words to you. Then think carefully about if you are heeding them. In other words, take them into your heart. Have you made His words your way of thinking? This might be a good place for us to start if we want to be kingdom children.
Okay, so I’m not going to suggest that you do something that I’m not doing so I just re-read The Sermon on the Mount, and yes, Jesus convicted me of sin and reminded me of many truths. It was big. It was huge. I knew there was someone in the back of my mind I needed to forgive and didn’t think I was holding onto any resentment, but I was. I forgave. Jesus took my resentment. It’s lifted. Okay, friends. It’s your turn. I’m pausing typing to pray for you that you will read and take to heart the words of Jesus – God with skin. The Sermon on the Mount
LORD Jesus Christ, IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD, as we gaze on You in the Bible and as we listen to Your words and teachings, quicken our minds to take in your words not just give them a nod of approval. Lord, magnify your words in our brains. Create new pathways of kingdom thinking so we live and walk as kingdom children in our world. We love You.