Reputation or Reflection

Ye are the light of the world… Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.   Matthew 5:14-16  

Spotlight

How is it that someone can admire you and passionately follow your ministry or advice but continue to reject or neglect your Savior?  Could it be that the light that you are to shine (directing others to God) is hindered because you are stealing the spotlight.  Jesus said to let your light shine to reveal Our Heavenly Father to others.  But do we long for the praise and admiration of others so much that we ignorantly steal God’s glory and the focus He is to receive?

Reflection – the production of an image by or as if by a mirror
  And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.   2 Corinthians 3:17-18 NIV 

Each one of us is called to reflect  or be the image of Jesus in both word and deed.  But instead of reflecting the image of Jesus, we are often deflecting it.  To deflect is to turn from a true course or straight line.  Are are steering the praise from God to ourselves? 

Everything we do should be to glorify God (if we are striving for the kingdom of heaven).  But are we subconsciously engraving our own image in the minds of others that gets superimposed over the image of Christ?  If so, no one will know where we end and where God begins and Jesus is brought down to the mediocrity and failings of flesh.  And then, when we fail our followers, God in turn is seen as a failure.  Furthermore, all anyone will remember is our charm, charisma, gifting or anointing instead of person and attributes of the one true and living God.  Doesn’t that remind you of the psalmist cry…

“Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory”    Psalm 115:1

When Jesus came to earth, he came as a servant. He did not try to exploit his deity or his supernatural powers for his own gain.  In other words, he did not try to create a name for himself. 

Reputation – to the position one occupies or the standing that one has in the opinion of others

Are we humbling ourselves as a servant to both God and man in order to do God’s will or are we so busy promoting our goals and ambitions that we leave no time or opportunity to reflect & magnify God in all that we do?

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.     Philippians 2:5-8   

Part of Jesus’ assignment; was to operate in a human with its limitations.  But it was not in the form of the king of all humans.  No, beloved.  Jesus had to come as a human servant.  He was required to be a servant to humanity.  He accepted his assignment so well that he humbled himself and obeyed all that The Father required of him; even to the point of dying a emotionally and physically cruel and torturous death at the hands of those he came to save.  Even when His Father turned away from him the moment he became sin, Jesus still followed through on his duties; to die so that we might live. 

Jesus fought the battle when he was tempted while fasting in the wilderness.  But this battle still rages for those who would be his disciples.  In fact, this battle between our desire for glory and the desire to glorify God and even today be traced back to the first battle in heaven.  Let’s read a few verses to see where pride and the desire for self-promotion and self-aggrandizement began.

Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee … Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.   Ezekiel 28:11-19  

 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit…   Isaiah 14:12-17   

His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth…  Revelation 12:4  

Lucifer (aka Satan) was created to serve and glorify God through his physical beauty and voice.  He was also one of the closest angels to God or the Ark of the Covenant (as it is in heaven).  Satan had free course of heaven and earth.  Yet, it was not enough for him.  He wanted to be like God, he wanted to rule the other angels (stars) and he wanted to be worshiped.  And today, he still wants our worship.  He was so deceptive that he even convinced a third of the angels to fight with him to overthrow God so that he could set up a throne for himself in heaven.  But we all know how that failed coup turned out.

Satan’s actions and ultimate outcome are the same that we can expect for ourselves when iniquity has taken root in us.  We no longer are content with the presence of God: we are now in pursuit of a position that eclipses God’s glory.  Then, like Satan, we also become a snare to those around us, luring them from God to become our personal groupies or worshippers.

We should know what the result of such behavior is; eternal separation from God and eternal damnation.

Take the spot light off of yourself so the light of God can be seen and men and women can walk in it towards the Savior. 

Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.   Psalm 37:5-6   

Then shall thy light break forth as the morning…   Isaiah 54:8 

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