I have been so two dimensional in a 3D world. I think of spreading the Gospel with words but we are called to so much more. God gifted us with beauty, heart, and complex emotions. We have been given such a vast world of people full of diversity. We can praise Him in so many wonderful ways. We can speak of Him with more than our voice.
I watch my son who cannot express his feelings with words, but he uses his entire body to convey to me his deep emotions. I can physically see it in his face, in his body language. I can hear it in his indiscernible cry. I can feel the muscles tighten and feel him shudder. There is so much more to communication than mere words.
How we are to praise and glorify Him is not simple, but I know we are not to be silent.
[Luke 19:38-40] 38 “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”
God will have his praise and the good news will be shared. It was given to us, but not to just go through the motions. It must be praise. Praise is felt. Praise is more than words.
[Isaiah 1:13 ] Bring no more vain offerings
[Hosea 6:6] For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
Praise is full of Love…and love is full of action.
[2Corinthians 3:3] And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
Letters are meant to be read. They are meant to be delivered. Who are you addressed to?
[2Corinthians 3:16-18] 16 But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
We have witnessed the Lord and that shows on our face. We have His Glory rubbed all over us and it can’t be hidden.
There is nothing about sight that is individualistic. It is meant for others.
[2Corinthians 2:15-17] 15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing….17 For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.
I love that we are included in God’s message to the world! We are the aroma. An aroma hints at the source. It entices others to come closer. And we are a true scent, not a cover up, like candles with food scents. I hate cookie dough candles! When I smell cookie dough, I want to taste it.
[Matthew 5:13 ESV] 13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
We should not be mistaken for something else. We should not be overlooked. I am not a cook so deciphering spices does not come naturally to me. But if there is salt, I can tell. Salt is the most distinguishable taste. There is none like it.
[Hebrews 2:9] But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
Jesus tasted death for us so that we do not have to experience it for ourselves. That is a taste I can take His word on.
[Luke 11:46] And he said, “Woe to you lawyers also! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.
We should be taking burdens from others. We should be so close that they feel the difference.
A loving touch speaks words we cannot come up with when someone is hurting. It tells others we want to be close, not far away from the pain. It makes us part of it rather than spectators.
We are asked to do something with what we hear.
[Mark 4:20, 23-24] 20 But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” … 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” 24 And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.
The same parable in Luke says it this way:
[Luke 8:15] As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.
I know the difference between when my husband is “hearing me” and when he is “listening.” In the later I feel loved and valued by him. I know he is caring about what I am saying. I don’t want to just hear the word, I want to know it. I want to use it.
Let’s not forget the 3 dimensional world around us. If we bring our heart into the message I believe we will shine God’s glory in all directions.