30th December 2018

Take a Good Look

“But the man who loves God is known by God.”
(1 Corinthians 8:3 NIV UK)
“But now that you know God—or rather are known by God….”
(Galatians 3:9 NIV UK)

When Smokey Robinson and the Miracles recorded their smash hit, The Tracks of My Tears, I’m sure none of them had ever heard the word: ‘Selfie’. And to be honest, until last year, I hadn’t either. But all that changed when the Oxford English Dictionary chose the term as 2013’s “Word of the Year.” For those of you who still don’t know what it is, maybe this will help.

A “Selfie” is defined as: “A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a Smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” Even though I don’t Tweet, the concept got me thinking: “Could you do a spiritual ‘Selfie?’”—a snapshot of our souls. What would it reveal? I think this verse in Proverbs hints at what we might find: “As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart” (Proverbs 27:19).

In other words, our soul, our spirit, who we really are inside, is reflected in the external life we lead. What we do and what we say does matter. And for some of us, that can be a scary thought. But it doesn’t have to be.

With our adoption through Christ, we don’t have to stand before God alone. Now, when he looks at us, God smiles because he doesn’t see what we used to be—he sees what we can be in Christ. With Jesus, we all have a chance to start again.

So in the new year, the next time you take a “Selfie,” “take a good look at your face” and know it’s one God loves.

Holy Father, constantly you are revealing more of yourself to us. Once we thought we were on our own, alone in a hostile world. But now we know that you know us. In fact you have always known and loved us. Why, even sending your son to live as a human and then die for us before we were born demonstrates your love for each of us. Now we know that daily we walk this Christian walk with you, hand in hand, known of you, loved by you. Thank you in Jesus’s name.

Study by Joseph Tkach

About the Author:
Dr. Joseph Tkach made over 500 Speaking of Life video presentations over the last 11 years (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), and we have used the transcripts of these for our Sunday Day by Days. Speaking of Life has recently run five of Joe’s favourite episodes as a tribute to him. This is the fifth and last in the Tribute Series.

Joseph Tkach was the President of Grace Communion International and resides in California, USA. He has now retired and passed the baton to Dr. Greg Williams, but still chairs the Board of Grace Communion International.

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