Seeing The Unseen

We see too much of this world and what is around us. It can clog our eyes and mind with astonishment, unease, worry, or fear and dread. Yet, with spiritual eyesight, we can see beyond the temporal world in which we live. Paul talks about seeing the unseen things even in the midst of troubles in 2 Corinthians 4:18. “while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

So the question is, are you seeing the unseen? You might answer yes and no. Yes, you see God’s promises and believe they’re yours but no, you’re not participating in them yet. How do we see the unseen things of God, the promised blessings? It comes down to faith. You can’t even please God in any way without faith. With faith you believe Jesus loves you and died for you. It’s by or with faith you receive the blessings of His new covenant of grace. It’s time to put aside the smack-in-your-face sights and put confidence in trusting God’s Word, His promises. Then step out in faith and with an open heart receive what God has promised. It’s already yours. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see,” (Hebrews 11:1, NIV).

Follow The Example Of Christ

 

Paul says to follow his example in Philippians 3:17. Here he adds an important point. I have both Twitter, Facebook, and other accounts where people “follow” me. Even though I try to be a good example, I don’t expect people to follow me in everything I do or believe. In 1 Corinthians 11:1 Paul says to follow his example but makes it clear we aren’t just following him but ultimately our example is Christ. Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (NIV2011). The image of Jesus is what we want to shine through us, so our example is Jesus.

To be conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29). The Word is Jesus and following the Word is following Jesus as our example. We can look at the imperatives of the Word as examples of how Jesus lives. We can read the scriptures and see how Jesus handles situations. If we follow His example, we can’t go wrong. Paul was just a normal person like you and me, but he was following Christ just as we can.

Maybe we can be an example to follow as we follow Christ.

The Rest He Provides

The Ark of the Covenant was to rest on the shoulders of the Priests. They were the ones to carry it. Israel got into trouble when men carried it, placing it on an ox cart. But when the ox stumbled and it looked as if the Ark would fall off, Uzi reached out to keep it from falling but it cost him his life. He didn’t follow instructions not to touch it. It was to be carried by the Priests (on poles). The ox cart was not authorized either. Now the Ark weighed close to 250 pounds. No wonder man wanted it carried on a cart because that’s a lot of weight.

But isn’t that how we are, trying to do things when we should be relying on the Lord’s strength, grace, and wisdom? Daily we have a choice of carrying our problems, difficulties, and burdens and trying to fix them or turn them over to the Lord and let Him carry our load and fix our problems. It’s a matter of letting go, trusting Him, and then resting in His ability, strength, power, and grace to work things for our good. He provides the rest when we trust Him.

Follow My Example

 

It does matter how we look to others. What do people see in you that they like? Could someone follow your behavior as a good example? Paul was bold enough to say follow my example and others who live the life he proclaimed. Brethren, together follow my example and observe those who live after the pattern we have set for you” (Philippians 3:17 AMP). Us grace people often disparage the idea of behavior or performance. In one way, it is true that God has an unconditional love for us that performance and behavior can’t change. Our motive in life is not to try to impress God with our good behavior but to allow the image of Jesus to shine through us. Behavior is highly subjective.

The older generation always thinks the behavior of the younger generation stinks, but they forget they were once the generation that older people didn’t like. However, Paul intimates that there is a pattern in scripture which helps us live the life that glorifies God. There are many imperatives in this verse such as, “follow my example,” that show us the way to allowing Jesus to shine through us. We don’t look at these as ways to get points with God, but ways to show Jesus to the world.

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