Our hope and prayer is that you got the most out of that extra hour of beauty rest this Sunday morning. You will get up and go through your Sunday morning rituals of preparing for services at your church, making sure that everything looks just right. I believe that we should do the best we can to look the best we can when we meet with our church family, but the most important part of our preparation may be things that are invisible. Let’s talk about that…
Yesterday morning I was fortunate to feast on Romans 1 and found myself hung up on verses 19 and 20 which talk about “the invisible things” of God. One of the obstacles that the lost and found world cannot get past is that we cannot see what God looks like. Well, verse 19 tells us that there are things “which may be known of God”, because He has shown them to everyone. In Genesis 1:26 “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” Jesus came to earth as a man, not a cow, bird, fish, planet, star, river, cloud or any other of His creation. Verse 27 says “so God created man in his own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created he them.” When you look at God’s creation you can see what you cannot see about Him. Man looks like God, with the after effects of the curse of sin. God is the image of man in fullness of perfection.
But, what about those Invisible things. We cannot see God’s physical body, but there are invisible things about God and people that we can see. A person’s Intellect is invisible, until they open their mouth (Mt 12:34, Prov 10:14). I say there are two things you cannot hide, money and ignorance. They will always show up. A person’s Intentions are invisible, evil or good (Col 3:17, I Jn 3:18, Ps 28:4), but they will eventually manifest themselves. A person’s Immortality is invisible. The condition of the soul is a hidden matter between the soul and the Savior, but may be seen in the fruits of their life (Gal 5:22-23, II Tim 3:1-5, Phil 2:12). A person’s Influence may be invisible until many years pass by (Prov 27:17, Mk 10:28, Prov 12:11, Gal 5:7). All of these things are inanimate aspects that we cannot hold in their hand. BUT, we can see them in what is manifested, made, revealed… what is created in and by a person’s life.
Same with God. We cannot see His face (Ex 33:20-23) but we can see Him in His creation, what is manifested, made and revealed for all to see. His Intellect is seen in His WORD (Ps 199:140) and His physical creation (Psalm 8:3, 19:1). His Intentions are revealed in the fruit of those that He has created (Psalm 51:10, Mt 12:34, Rom 2:6). His Immortality was made known when Jesus rose again from the grave. His Influence shows the ‘eternal power and Godhead’ of the creator (Ps 23:2, 139:10, John 10:27). We can see all these invisible aspects of God in what he creates and has created. The same can be said about us. The invisible things of our lives, our intellect, intentions, integrity can all be seen in our inventions, what our life creates.
As we go about getting the ‘seen’ things of our self just right this morning, let us take stock of the Invisible things of our life. Think about the manifestation of what you create; peace or conflict, selfish things or selfless things, eternal or temporal, deception or transparency, truth or fallacy, a worthy vessel or a whited sepulcher, friends or foes. What we create reveals the invisible aspects of our life. Be sure just as the heavens declare the glory of God, that your life declares the invisible parts of who you really are.
God Bless You,