“Get yourself up on a high mountain, O Zion, bearer of good news, Lift up your voice mightily, O Jerusalem, bearer of good news; Lift it up, do not fear. Say to the cities of Judah, ‘Here is your God!’”— Isaiah 40:9Cry out! Spare not! Sound it from the rooftops! Explain to those who will hear, “Behold your God!” This is to be our message! Everything we say and do is to be for the purpose of revealing the character of our God to the world.
This week I find myself seated on an airplane. I’m on my way to give more presentations, but today seems different. I’ve spent the day in airports, watching hundreds, if not thousands, of people as our lives intersect, our paths cross if only but for a moment. My heart goes out to them. How in the world are we going to tell them all? Some will say, “Well, we have modern media, technology, the internet.” But to all those well-meaning answers I say, “Stop.” What the world needs, especially in this “information” age, is more than simply the intellectual communication of Biblical facts broadcast over the technology of airwaves. What this world needs is not YouTube. What the world is in desperate need of is a living, breathing, personal demonstration. Not more religion, but an exhibition. The world doesn’t need to just hear more information, they need to see something. Something alive, something tangible, something they can reach out and touch. What the world needs is an encounter!
Could that be what God is whispering to His church in these last days? Yes, the information we have to share is important, but it wasn’t until the “Word” was made flesh long ago that we truly beheld the Glory of the Father. When that happened, it changed the world. It birthed a movement. It parted time. All events, from the dawn of time to the end of this age, are today referred to as either happening before or after that great cosmic event. Could God be wanting to reveal His love in human flesh again? What will it look like? What will be its focus? What will be its effect? We’ve been told it will take place. The only question is, will God have a people who so come to know Him and His love for them, that the very same love is awakened in their hearts toward those around them, as well?
“Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own. It is the privilege of every Christian not only to look for but to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:12, margin). Were all who profess His name bearing fruit to His glory, how quickly the whole world would be sown with the seed of the gospel. Quickly the last great harvest would be ripened, and Christ would come to gather the precious grain” (White, Christ Object Lessons, p. 69).
“Love is the basis of godliness . . . But we can never come into possession of this spirit by trying to love others. What is needed is the love of Christ in the heart. When self is merged in Christ, love springs forth spontaneously. The completeness of Christian character is attained when the impulse to help and bless others springs constantly from within — when the sunshine of heaven fills the heart and is revealed in the countenance” (Ibid., p.384).
“The one thing essential for us in order that we may receive and impart the forgiving love of God is to know and believe the love that He has to us” (White, Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings, p. 116).
Did you catch that? Maybe the hold-up is that we still don’t realize the “love that He has to us.” Could it be that simple? But, oh, how profound. The work that Jesus began of revealing the Father’s love will find its culmination and glorious triumph. My prayer is that it finds that fulfillment in our generation. If that is your desire, too, please join me in the following prayer.
“Dear Heavenly Father, please take my life today. Show me Your love in a depth I have yet to experience. Change my false pictures of You. May Your love awaken in my heart that same love for those around me. Use me, Father; I give myself to you whole-heartedly. May the impulse to help, bless, forgive, and love spring forth from my heart as a result of a deep heart encounter with Your love for me in these last days. In the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.”
And may it begin for you, dear reader, today.