TODAY’S PROPHETIC THOUGHT
I love variety. I do not speak to everyone the same. Don’t let others force ideas upon you, and don’t feel condemned because you are unique. I find joy in you just as you are!
THE FACE OF JESUS
What does Jesus look like? I can tell you how I recognize Him. Jesus looks like goodness. Goodness is a hard thing to make into an idol.
How do you recognize Jesus? Is there a way He’s appeared to you in your life? Be careful that you don’t carve that in stone in your heart and tell others that this is exactly what God looks like, because it’s not. You need to let people discover Jesus for themselves. He doesn’t show up to you the same way He shows up to somebody else.
Once you chisel out God’s image, once it’s in the stone of your heart and mind, it’s no longer personal. It’s no longer relational. It’s also taking the Gospel out of who Jesus is.
This will really bake your noodle. There are 31,171 scriptures in the Bible. John 5:36 says, “the scriptures testify of Him.” Even though the scriptures are screaming about Jesus, there’s no description of Him. None.
Why doesn’t it say, “And Jesus stood 6′ 3″ having darketh jet black hair, browneth eyes and olive skin, which is natural unto the Jews of that region”? Do you know why the Bible doesn’t say that? Because we would call that Godliness!
We’d all have to have black hair in order to be Christians. We’d all have to be brown-eyed. We’d all have to have olive skin because we tend to worship an image. We conform our lives to images whenever we do not conform our lives to Jesus.
We don’t get out our mallet and chisel and go to town on a big piece of stone to carve out an idol. We don’t have to. We carve out images of God in our hearts and minds. It’s time to stop! That personal relationship with Jesus goes both ways. Even for your neighbor.
Those who make an image, all of them are useless, And their precious things shall not profit; They are their own witnesses; They neither see nor know, that they may be ashamed. – Isaiah 44:9
TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO KNOW HE SPEAKS AND APPEARS TO YOU IN A UNIQUE WAY, ALL YOUR OWN. CHERISH IT AND LET HIM SPEAK TO OTHERS IN THEIR UNIQUE WAY.
From my sermon series JESUS UNVEILED