Thursday, April 17, 2014

SERMON: Prepared to meet God?

By DAVID BILDERBACK, Special to The Herald | 4/12/2013

Tasks can be difficult to accomplish or complete when we don’t have adequate guidance or instruction from someone. When this happens, we have to go back and ask for more instruction or for help. At some point, we have to exercise some degree of faith and attempt to complete the task based on the advice given.

In First Corinthians 13:12, the apostle Paul makes a comparison between his understanding of God at the time and what his understanding would be someday later, saying, “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror, then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

Tasks can be difficult to accomplish or complete when we don’t have adequate guidance or instruction from someone. When this happens, we have to go back and ask for more instruction or for help. At some point, we have to exercise some degree of faith and attempt to complete the task based on the advice given.

In First Corinthians 13:12, the apostle Paul makes a comparison between his understanding of God at the time and what his understanding would be someday later, saying, “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror, then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

When we first begin our Christian walk, we need guidance and instruction on how to live the Christian life. Paul says our early Christian life is like a poor reflection in a mirror. We see only an outline; we cannot see the detail we want to see. As we study God’s word, He begins to reveal Himself to us. He begins to give us guidance and instruction.

In my own life, the Holy Spirit has moved into my heart and taken a broom and dust pan and began sweeping up and throwing out those things that are not supposed to be there. I guess you could say the Holy Spirit set up housekeeping and He tries to keep a very tidy home. I have noticed if I bring something back in that has been thrown out, the Holy Spirit is quick to provide more instruction and guidance on why I don’t need that. I now have begun to trust and accept through faith that this is the best for me. Through time, the reflection in the mirror has become more and more clear. Paul says we shall see God face to face. To be prepared for that, I needed the Holy Spirit to move in and prepare my heart. Just like a house gets dusty and cluttered, so does my heart, but I have a constant cleaning companion to keep me prepared to meet God.

As we study God’s word and pursue a relationship with Him through his Son Jesus Christ, He will reveal more and more about Himself. We will see He is a good God and a faithful God. Paul says that in this life we can only know in part, but when we meet God face to face we shall know fully, even as we are fully known. God knows everything about us and He wants to reveal things about Himself to us, but we must seek Him out. If you are seeking God, He can be found. He reveals much about Himself in John 14.

 

David Bilderback is a Greeley resident.

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