what’s His face?
Today my devotional reading came from the Gospels. Part of it was from John 1. It’s a familiar passage to most people: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God….” But then verse 10 says this (in the NLT), “But although the world was made through Him, the world didn’t recognize Him when He came.”
This struck me because the previous verses affirm that He is the Creator. Now, generally speaking, when a person creates something, they leave their mark on that creation. Artists have a certain way of drawing a picture, writers have specific styles, builders form structures with specific tendencies and perspectives. It’s the same thing for people. We’ve been created in the image of God. His hand prints are all over us.
How sad is it then, when we don’t recognize Him?
But that’s the state of our world. I think that’s the state of the church sometimes as well. Too many people have a perspective of God that makes Him a dictator – someone who arbitrarily picks what we can or can’t do.
That’s not the right perspective. God’s laws are a reflection of who He is (God is completely honest and true, so we shouldn’t steal, lie, etc.). Since that is the case, when we obey His laws and reflect Him, then we are entering in to true, authentic, real existence. We move away from dogma and enter into relationship that is vibrant and living. We reach our ultimate potential when we enter into this reality.
The job of the follower of Christ, then, is to live out the reverse of John 1:10. To live out a life that reflects Christ in such a way that others meet Jesus and ultimately recognize Him in you.