15th August 2020

Take a Good Look! 

“But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come…how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
Hebrews 9:11, 14 (NKJV)

Have you looked at yourself recently? I mean, taken a good look. Using perhaps one of those mirrors which magnify the image and show us as we really are, close up, warts and all. As we grow older it can be an uncomfortable challenge. Our faces, our bodies, reflect the years of wear and tear, of scars and encounters with adverse experiences—like the time, crossing the road, I ran into a speeding motorcyclist, or the scar left falling out of a tree. We become a living landscape of the sum of our lives.

For the Christian, it’s often a reflection on how we don’t want to appear before our God—a collection of spots and wrinkles. Adolescents spend good money trying to rid themselves of the spots that come reaching that age. And otherwise sensible matrons invest heavily in unguents and potions to reduce wrinkles.

But, go on! Take another long look. We are what we are. And as Christians, that’s what God sees too—but He sees more, he sees Christ in us. He knew that the human beings he created would have lives that would not be perfect. In fact, he knew that our lives would at times be hard, at times we would suffer, and at times we would despair and be in rebellion.

And that’s when he stands ready to help. Always ready. It’s not that he favours the Christian over anyone else. He loves all his creation. But we have come to the place where we were ready to listen. We recognise that we don’t have all the answers as to how to live a successful, happy life, and we have come to the place where we stopped head-butting in refusal and were ready to listen to God’s better way. And that’s what makes us of value to God. He wants to share his eternity with us. But only those who understand what damage sin does are eligible.

No Christian is perfect—but we try. And it’s all there, not for us to see in our mirror, but in that spiritual mirror through which God sees us as his beloved children.

Prayer
Merciful Father, thank You for extending grace to us, for granting us forgiveness and for loving us every day. We will try, and try harder, to live as You would have us live, through Jesus Christ and his example. This is our prayer, Great Father, in Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by John Stettaford

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About the Author:
John Stettaford is an Elder in the Reading Congregation of Grace Communion International UK.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Reading
Prospect School, Room A1 (Main Building)
Honey End Lane
READING
RG30 4EL

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Stettaford
Phone:  07710-935735
Email: reading@gracecom.church

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