Seeing God

Seeing God

Come and See God!
What is true Christian living? What is true worship? Martin Luther once said “true worship is the tenth leper turning back”. His remarks were based on Luke 17:11-19 (MSG):

It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” Taking a good look at them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” They went, and while still on their way, became clean. One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus said, “Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?” Then he said to him, “Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you.” 

All ten were healed physically. But the one who came back to give glory to God received something so much more: he was healed, saved and made whole. Because he recognized who Jesus was. He not only experienced a miracle but he was able to perceive it as such. He noticed God was in action. Hence he turned back to Jesus. He was bursting out gratitude, glorying God with everything he got. That’s true worship. And that’s also true Christian living. How come?

Christian living is all about seeing God. Not just about believing the creed but really seeing God. Recognizing his gifts. Sensing his presence. Acknowledging his holiness. And then staking our lives on the promises of God.

When we really see God, we acknowledge that God is God and we are not. When we really see God, everything changes because God’s power is in operation. When we really see God and surrender to him, we are saved and made whole.

Then we can’t help but praise him and glorify him.
Just like the tenth leper.
Then we can’t help but follow Jesus.
Just like the tenth leper.

When we live in this wonderment of Jesus, we are truly worshiping. When we live in reverent awe of God, we are truly living our faith out. When we live in wild grace, we are truly seeing God all around us. And God is good. He continues to redeem us, restore us, renew us and refresh us. And his love endures forever!

 

Gracious God,
Give us eyes to see,
really see you
all around us.
Give us grateful hearts
to recognize miracles.
Enable us to turn back to you
and worship you
and glorify you
forever and ever!
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you have difficulties to see God? What does help you to see God? How do you see God?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you see God and follow Jesus!

Giving thanks today for
#791 God is in miracle business
#792 God is making us whole
#793 counting blessings is a blessing
#794 God wants us to see him
#795 Believing is seeing
#796 life is a miracle
#797 seeing God is a blessing
#798 worshiping is expressing gratitude
#799 grace enables us to see
#800 grace empowers us to worship

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