Our hope and prayer is that the light of the Lord has been clearly seen by those around you. If you go attend anything from a child’s sporting event to a workplace, or anything labelled ‘entertainment’, it will not take very long to recognize the darkness that a greatly disturbing number of people live in. Do we ever stop and think that just as we are observing their darkness, they are observing our light? Or are they? Let’s talk about that…
I was turned toward II Corinthians chapter 4 this week after listening to an RG Lee message titled, “Adorning the Doctrine of Christ”. What the Holy Ghost began to show me was how this chapter is about focusing on what is unseen instead of what is seen. Our key verse (18) gives us the perspective. Think on it his way; the human organ of the epidermis, our skin, is what people see. However, the most important organs of the body are unseen; the brain, heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas, bones. All these unseen things affect the state of the outwardly seen things. Healthy versus unhealthy eating will show up on the outside. A baby growing on the inside of the mama will eventually be seen.
We cannot fully expound this chapter today, but in almost every verse there is a word that notates things seen & unseen. Words like seeing, hidden, manifestation, hid, blinded, shine out of darkness, outward man, and inward man. What is it that we are exhorted to do? Let people see the ministry of God within us, Manifest the truth, shine the light of the Lord out of darkness, and let the life of Jesus be made manifest in our body (v10).
I believe in brushing up and looking our best, but if the only adornment that is seen by the world is our church clothes, hair-do/haircut, shined shoes and ear-bobs, then we have missed it. I Peter 3:3 tells us to let what is seen “not be that outward adorning” of our hair, jewelry, or fancy clothes, “But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.‘
**And let me just hit this a minute… What a tattoo (Leviticus 19:28) or a ton of cosmetic surgery, and a lightbulb tan tells the world around you is, “God did not do a good enough job when He created me, so I had to help the Almighty Creator out. LOOK AT ME!” **
I encourage you to read II Corinthians 4 and ask the Holy Spirit to show you what is really Seen in your life. Is the unseen light of the Gospel hidden within you ever seen to the world around you? Because, the things which are not seen are eternal. The beautiful things that the Lord puts inside are much more beautiful than the outside could ever be on its own. Let them be seen.
God Bless You!
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