Lately, I've been more nostalgic than usual. I've been wondering about my kids' perceptions of their childhoods, and what will Annalyn and Gracie's perceptions be. What is, or will be, tatooed on their hearts?
Unless God's Word lives within us, tattooed on our hearts, we will not be effective witnesses. If "spiritual" interactions are limited to church services or media broadcasts, we are "see(ing) in a mirror dimly", and learning may be temporary. God longs for an intimate relationship that permeates every part of our lives.
The Apostle Paul wrote encouragingly to the Corinthians, "For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood." (1 Corinthians 13:12 RSV) How exciting to know what we are learning this side of heaven is only a glimpse of what God can't wait to teach us!
I think Jesus wants us to walk away from the mirror, to seek Him face to face. He longs to fill the empty space with more than we can imagine. "7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples." (John 15: 7-8)
Am I abiding in Him? Have I claimed His promise, and boldly asked? How do I let Him tattoo His words on my heart? Do I carry them with me as I walk away from the mirror? Perhaps most importantly, am I bringing God glory, bearing much fruit, and proving myself to be His disciple?
What about you? How do you embed, or tattoo, God's Word on your heart? How do you know it abides in you? Does it go with you when you walk away from the mirror?
Hey, Friends, how about come on over to Crystal's and Kelly's with me this week?