Wednesday, January 23, 2013

reflect vs emanate

I have to admit that there are times when I read the Bible and get a little jealous of the disciples because they actually were able to physically touch sit next to and hang out with Jesus.  But the Bible says that if we believe who has not seen has a greater faith, but I still think it would've been cool.  That usually leads me into thinking about how they had Him available physically but we have Him indwelling us, which is a greater advantage in my opinion.  You see when Jesus was here in the flesh there was a limitation on how many people could see Him at one time. Now via the Holy Spirit, Jesus can be seen multiple places at once, through us.  Some people will say that we should be reflections of Christ, I don't agree with that. Reflections can be easily distorted ever look in a poor quality mirror or a piece of polished metal? You can see yourself but it doesn't look quite right, the reason is that the quality of the reflection is dependent on the quality of the surface reflecting it so it places the responsibility to reflect Him properly on us and if left to us alone it will become skewed. There are other things that can effect reflections look at the Moses, he would spend time with Abba and come away reflecting His glory, but the light would fade. The moon is another example it reflects the sun but has no light source of its own and only fully reflects the sun for short periods of time. But for us we have the ability to be more than just a reflection we have the Holy Spirit in us, we have the source of light that can emanate from us in fact it is part of our responsibility as Christians we may be the only people that can truly show others the heart of Jesus, love on them as Jesus would, bring healing to them, have compassion on them. You see when we choose to be obedient to what Abba is telling us and live our lives so His light shines from within us, it isn't dependent on the quality of our surface or what we have done to polish it and make it shiny. It's. About the transformation He has done in us so He can shine out of us.
You can choose to try and be a reflection if you want, I'm gonna choose to let the shine instead.
To reflect: To throw or bend back (light, for example) from a surface. To give back or show an image of (an object); mirror.
To emanate: to issue or proceed from or as from a source, to send forth; emit
1 John 1:1-4 (AMP) "[WE ARE writing] about the Word of Life [in] Him Who existed from the beginning, Whom we have heard, Whom we have seen with our [own] eyes, Whom we have gazed upon [for ourselves] and have touched with our [own] hands. And the Life [an aspect of His being] was revealed (made manifest, demonstrated), and we saw [as eyewitnesses] and are testifying to and declare to you the Life, the eternal Life [in Him] Who already existed with the Father and Who [actually] was made visible (was revealed) to us [His followers]. What we have seen and [ourselves] heard, we are also telling you, so that you too may realize and enjoy fellowship as partners and partakers with us. And [this] fellowship that we have [which is a distinguishing mark of Christians] is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah). And we are now writing these things to you so that our joy [in seeing you included] may be full [and your joy may be complete]."

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