A Gentle Rebuke

Friday, September 18, 2009
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Matthew 17:1b-2 – Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And His appearance underwent a change in their presence; and His face shone clear and bright like the sun, and His clothing became white as light. (AMP)

Discouragement can so easily settle down in our spirit! I have a habit of "teacher marking" particular tasks in which I have participated. I used to say to my late husband, "Ron, I failed." Looking at me with his blue eyes twinkling, he would answer, "Vena, you failed again" — with much emphasis upon the word "again."

Recently, after a particular task in which I had been involved, I gave myself an "F" mark. Regardless, I slept well that night and awoke singing a line of a hymn or chorus: "Show us Thy glory, Christ of the mount." Where could I find the words? Were they the opening line of a hymn or a chorus, or the third verse? I simply could not remember! I looked through many hymn books but I could not find the song.

As I looked at the bookcase, considering what to do next, the Holy Spirit gently nudged me to select a hard-covered folder, the type handed out at seminars. These days, I have learned great respect for these "nudgings". (In the past, I would have come to the conclusion that it was just a passing thought and dismissed it.) But I opened the cover, and there, written across the corner of the first page of seminar information, in my handwriting, were the words, "Show us Thy glory, Christ of the mount." Studying my seminar notes, I recalled that the main theme was to know Him more intimately, that we might share this relationship with others. This particular chorus was included in many of the sessions, and must have made such a great impression on me that I wrote the first line onto the first page of the seminar information folder.

The notes reminded me afresh that it was not about me, but about Him — that I, in some small way, might be instrumental in lifting up the Christ, that others might catch a glimpse of His glory and beauty through my actions. What a lesson! I felt a gentle rebuke: what had been accomplished in my spiritual life while attending the seminar was now the basis for a time of renewal. We should never be discouraged, and we shall never fail, as we endeavour sincerely to lift up the Christ in our lifestyle and in our words. It is the Holy Spirit's ministry to reveal the Christ to the onlooker, and it is our privilege to assist by giving our "little".

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, may it be our desire to lift up Your Son that others may see His glory and His indescribably righteous personality. May we be willing to point people to the Christ and not in any way cast the shadow of self between Him and the seeker. We would ask You to remind us of this prayer whenever we have the opportunity to lift up Your Son. Thank You, Father. Amen.

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