Who Do You Reflect?
“But know the LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The LORD will hear when I call Him.”
God wants to set apart for Himself the godly ones. What exactly does it mean to the godly? To be like God. The immediate prerequisite for attaining godliness is an interpersonal relationship with God. You cannot be like that which you do not know. A lot of us have settled for a basic revelation of God, for the idea or God, we have settled for christianise statements like, ‘God is good; and ‘for God nothing is impossible,’ but outside of the catchphrases have those revelations truly sunk in, do we actually believe it when it comes to God and our situation?
So firstly, we must have a relationship with God, we must know Him to the point that we don’t just conceptually believe He can do all things but that we believe “He will do it for ME!” The next thing is that we must seek to have the mind of Christ, the goal is to put away the thoughts of the world and think in alignment to the thought patterns of God. We must begin to approach situations with the guidance and the leading of heaven.
“And do not be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
The reality of it is that trials will consistently come that seem to contradict the word of God. You will always come up against situations that will challenge how grounded you are in God, how prepared are you to stand on what He says when everything about your situation contradicts the Word. being soaked in HIs presence helps you to stand firm. The world will laugh, condemn, ridicule you for being different but in the end that is what we desire. Not to look like the world but to look like God.
““For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.””
`You must be steeped in who God, is, and intent on following Him, doing what He desires and not looking at success by the standard with which the world defines it, or you will forever battle with reflecting Him. The only way to draw others to God, is to be consistent, to continually stand by Him, through the feel good moments and the times of immeasurable pain.
Finally, beyond your time in His presence and tour thoughts, being godly must be evident in your actions. How do you treat others? God by HIs very nature pours continually into others, sacrificed His only begotten Son for our sake, pours out His wisdom, grace, mercy and love on us daily. Love is the function of the godly. How you treat others is the evidence of a reflection of God or the world. Stop and ask yourself, who do you reflect?