24th November 2012

Reflecting The Glory

“The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent,”
Proverbs 16:23 (NIV 2011)

As can often happen on the M1 motorway, all three lanes of traffic had slowed to a crawling pace. Slowly, I caught up with a Jaguar. I didn’t look at the number plate, but it appeared to be one of the newer models, well looked after—as such an expensive car should be!

I then noticed the driver wind his window down, only for someone to throw rubbish out on the motorway. For some reason, the contrast between the carefully looked after Jaguar, compared with the careless littering of the motorway, struck me.

Should Christians carelessly litter our world? Of course not! But that’s not all. Given how our Father has demonstrated through Jesus how much he values us, should we not carefully weigh up how we can sometimes “litter” the world in other ways?

Like the Jaguar driver carelessly throwing away his rubbish, an unkind word can draw an ugly contrast with the work that God is doing within us. The Bible uses a similar image: “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water” (James 3:9-12).

God’s awesome work in us should prompt within us a desire to live in accordance with our wonderful calling. But don’t think that we have to struggle along in this calling on our own–God offers us his wisdom in our hearts and minds today: “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere” (James 3:17).

To God we are precious and he showers us with love. Let’s respond by living our lives in a way that seeks to reflect his grace.

Father, we turn our lives over to you; our attitudes, thoughts, speech and actions. We desire for your Son’s life to shine through us, bringing you glory in all that we say and do.

Study by Ian Woodley 

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