“It’s simple things, like a glowing sunset, the sound of a running stream or the fresh smell in a meadow that cause us to pause and marvel at the wonder of life, to contemplate its meaning and significance. Who can hold an autumn leaf in their hand, or sift the warm white sand on the beach, and not wonder at the Creator of it all?” – Wendy Moore (*quote, not Scripture)
When we look around us at God’s amazing creation, we can’t help but appreciate its beauty and detail. Jesus, the same part of the Trinity Who took on a human form in order to sacrifice for our sins, was with His Father God in the beginning, when the creation of everything took place. He was directly involved in the process, creating those He would later save.
Paul tells us in his letter to the church at Ephesus that this is why he preached to others, that they might also know this amazing, loving God. “To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hid in God, Who created all things by Jesus Christ.”) Ephesians 3:8-9 As we admire His creation, let us also admire our Creator even more so!
“When the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of glory that will never fade away.” – I Peter 5:4
The idea of Jesus as our Shepherd is a very common theme within Christianity. In fact, I’ve already written about this idea here previously.
This time I’m going to focus on one main passage – Hebrews 13:20-21 : “Now may the God of peace Who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good, that you may do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to Whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Since Jesus is our Shepherd, He directs us in the way He wants us to go, but as our sinless Savior, He also enables us to do that which we could never accomplish in our own strength. Whatever He calls us to do, He will give us what we need in order to do it. His will is accomplished in our personal daily lives through His work in our hearts and lives. His work in us accomplishes His will for us.
“Hallelujah! For the Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory!” – Revelaion 19:6,7
As a part of the Trinitarian Godhead, Jesus has always been God Almighty, but chose often not to reveal Himself just yet in His human form, until the time was right. He appeared, in some form, to many of our Bible heroes of old. “I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by My Name, the Lord, I did not make Myself fully known to them.” (Exodus 6:3)
As powerful as He is, He’s a loving Father, while remaining Almighty. “And ‘I will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters,’ says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:18)
We have the power of God inside of us, as followers of Christ! “But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding.” (Job 32:8)
When the Lord returns in all of His power and glory, we will truly be in awe of His greatness, and of the fact that Someone so incredible and majestic would love little, seemingly insignificant, us! “I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.” (Revelation 21:22)
“Whoever follows Me…will have the light of life.” – John 8:12
If we are following Jesus closely, we can see the direction He wants us to go as we come upon a fork in life’s road. “…Let us walk in the Lord’s guiding light.” (Isaiah 2:5) On our own, left to our own devices, we usually do not make the decisions that will have the best outcome, but when we follow the Lord’s directions, we can have full confidence in the fact that He has our best interest at heart and has information we don’t yet know in mind as He shows us where to go. “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them” (Isaiah 42:16)
“Because of Your great compassion You did not abandon them in the wilderness. By day the pillar of cloud did not fail to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take.” (Nehemiah 9:19)
“I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.” – Isaiah 42:16
Jesus is faithful, from the beginning to the end of days. He is the Light of the world, the One from Whom darkness flees. He allows us to be beacons of light that reflect His glory into the world. “Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear, then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.” (Isaiah 58:8)
The Lord created dawn, and everything else, and is in complete control over it. “He Who forms the mountains, Who created the wind, and Who reveals His thought to mankind, Who turns dawn to darkness, and treads in the heights of the earth — the Lord God Almighty is His name.” (Amos 4:13) Our God is truly majestic! What an honor it is that He chose to reveal Himself to us and redeem us!
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, ‘I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ ” (John 8:12) We must shine for Him, to spread this joyful news to others. “For this is what the Lird has commanded us: ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ” (Acts 13:47)
“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” – Hebrews 10:22
Drawing near to God with a sincere heart means being willing to leave behind all distractions and focus on Him more than material treasures. “Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. ‘There is still one thing you haven’t done,’ He told him. ‘Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.’ ” (Mark 10:21)
Having wealth is not necessarily a negative thing, but putting anything as a priority before God, or putting off obedience to what He called you to do is a huge issue. “Jesus said to the people who believed in Him, ‘You are truly My disciples if you remain faithful to My teachings.’ ” (John 8:31)
We must obey what the Lord has commanded rather than worry about what others think. “I solemnly command you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus and the highest angels to obey these instructions without taking sides or showing favoritism to anyone.” (1 Timothy 5:21) Let us walk in the truth, following the commands of our Savior, with loving hearts.