Several weeks ago I visited the zoo with my daughter and grandchildren. While there, I had opportunity not only to enjoy the animals, but also to appreciate the art work on the Donor’s Memorial Wall.
During a recent visit with family in Savannah, Georgia, I played the part of a typical tourist, and enjoyed snapping photos of the sites that make this city a popular tourist attraction. One feature that Savannah is famous for is its elegant old homes. Someone, long ago, was wise enough to promote the preservation of these historic sites. Now visitors from around the world come to admire the architectural beauty of past masters of design, and study the landmarks from our history.
Isaac Newton discovered that light is actually a color spectrum. When light reflects through a prism, those colors are revealed, as the light is broken down into the seven primary colors that are found in a rainbow. An artist friend reminded me that there are really just three primary colors. But Newton thought otherwise. When you take those three main primary colors and mix them together in different combinations, all the other visible colors are developed. Now you great scientific minds out there, I know this is a very simple version. 🙂 However, as I was working through some new revelation, I needed a tangible way to help me understand it more clearly. I’m not a very good auditory learner. It either has to be hands on, or visible with me. Bear with me as I use this illustration about the relation between light and color, to share the truth I’ve been contemplating.
John 8:12 (AMP) Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the Light which is Life.
Jesus, the Light, represents all seven colors found in a rainbow, as well as all the combinations of the three main primary colors mixed together. The number seven, in the Bible, symbolizes spiritual perfection, or completeness. He, in His perfection, shines through the prism of our heart, creating color or life in our lives. Without Christ there is darkness. In darkness, colors are not visible and everything appears gray or black.
It is Autumn time in the mountains. When the sun shines on those ridges and slopes, all the brilliant colors of the season are illuminated. When the sun goes down, we lose sight of the colors.
Some visible color may be seen in our daily walk…we read our bibles, we talk about Him and share Him with others, we worship Him, we give, we serve, we act lovingly. But the practice of abiding in His presence, elevates who we are, and what we do, to a higher level. Without this unity with Him, the colors will seem harsh, pale or lacking in vibrancy. Who we are, and what we do, must be fully illuminated by Jesus. Look at the rose pictured below. It has color, but there is something lacking….colors that reflect real life. The greens are vague, and the pink is too sharp. In fact, my eyes are strained if I look at this too long.
Just as our fingers turn blue when we hold blueberries, we become colored with God’s grace, by abiding in contact with Him. The Lord works everything out as we rest in Him. It is in a humble state of waiting, being still, listening and obeying, that He does His greatest work in us. He provides the righteousness that He requires in us, for His glory. Seeking God involves a prayerful state of awareness of Him, and a faithful expectation of Him.
A dear friend, and mentor, recently took the time to teach me some much-needed lessons about Christian maturity, or using the illustration, allowing God to cause my life to become painted with His Life colors. He shared with me a tender reminder that it is God who works in and through us. There is a battle within us to make “pressing on” a priority. After all, God’s word tells us to be persevering. This is true. But if we dwell in the state of pressing on, it is off-balance, just enough, for us to miss the bigger picture. He wants us to dwell… in His presence.
Living in His presence, daily, means waiting to see what He is doing and listening for His invitation to come take part. Sometimes that work may just be Him, working in us, and sometimes He may work through us, helping someone else. He leads us to those He wants us to minister to, He arranges the timing when we need to minister, and He instructs us on how we are to minister. He supplies the ability through His gifts and empowers us to succeed. He teaches us, so that we are able to understand Him better and worship Him more. It is all about God, through the Spirit of Jesus Christ, working to form us into the image of Jesus. When God does the work, He shines forth in our lives with His beauty, in all His vibrant shades, and we are not just pale interpretation of Him.
Peter 1:2-8 (NIV)2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
Confirming One’s Calling and Election
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;6 and to knowledge, self-control;and to self-control, perseverance;and to perseverance, godliness;7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Everything we need, to live life as a Christian, is found in God, through Jesus Christ. There is a flow. It is called resting in Him. Resting means to live, not rebelling, not resisting, but agreeing, trusting and obeying as He leads. New colors of true Christianity becomes clear in our lives as He does His work in us.
As we mature in Him, by His power, we become vibrant with life….His Life, His Beauty. He made this world with colors. We reflect His Creative Heart when we walk in the different colors of Christianity, not pale and powerless, but rich and appealing to the world around us, because we become the reflection of His beauty, within us. There are those who may hate Jesus, but that is only up to the minute they truly meet Him personally. Then that hate is forever replaced with love for a Beautiful Savior.
connecting, with love