It’s been a while–sorry. Well, not really. Not that I don’t want to share, but I’m grateful to God that my life has gotten so busy. Good busy. Our little fellowship has been getting to know one another and how to function together as the body of Christ. It’s wonderful–something I’ve been wanting for so many years–and time consuming. But again, that’s exactly what I wanted. Sharing life together.
Well, on to my meditation on this particular verse, which is actually dated 02/01/09, though God’s word is always fresh. I may skip some of this study from time to time, as quite a lot of the things God has said to me recently were specific to me or to our group, besides, if I don’t do that, I’ll never get caught up. 😉
“For we never used flattering speech, as you know, or had greedy motives–God is our witness–and we didn’t seek glory from people, either from you or from others.” 1 Thessalonians 2:5-6
Before I get into the important part (what God said to me about this passage), I want to mention how different Paul’s ministry seems from some so-called ministries we see today, in which the “ministers” are indeed using flattering speech, seeking financial gain, and seeking the praise and adulation of men. Never think that, just because you see miracles–even if you’re certain these miracles are genuine–that this is an endorsement by God of a minister who does not display the true fruits of the Spirit, which are not miraculous signs, but rather the living of a self-denying and Godly life. There is such a thing as lying wonders. Don’t be deceived.
So, on to the important bit–the things God shared with me about this passage (and beyond).
You are My reward, My daughters and sons, and I am yours. You are the reward of the suffering I endured. You are the family I seek and have sought and for whom I created the worlds. Together we’ll travel through endless delights and I’ll show you the things I have made. The thing you truly seek, though you may not realize it, is to know Me for who I am. I wish to be known in the world I have made. This is your task to fulfill: that you know Me and show Me to all who are willing to see, that all who are willing may come to Me.
I am painting a picture in you of My Son. I have been painting in each of you separately, and I have been painting in your relationships and in your love for one another. I will be painting always, and every day that you walk with Me, you will look more like Him. Always, there will be new things, new colors to add, yet there will be a time when a recognizable image has begun to emerge from your midst. (That is, from the gathering of believers.) In that hour, My masterpiece, though ever unfinished, will shine out to the world. (At this point, the words I received became a poem.)
Like a beacon of warning and hope in despair
My daughter, My Son’s bride shall be.
Like the dawning of light in an inky black night
when a candle is lit in a room.
Shen enlightens the path so that others may find
how to come to the light of My Son.
So together she’ll walk to the oncoming light
to welcome Him home when He comes.
In that day, I’ll greet her with a Father’s glad smile
and I’ll gather her up in My arms
Oh what times we shall have now that you’re safely home
and I have you all here by My side.
No more pain, no more sorrow,
though the trials made you Mine
in a way nothing else could have done.
You’ve been made and re-made in the image of Him
Who did love you: My glorious Son.
And henceforth you’ll be here forever with us.
My family at last shall be one.
In the New Testament, the church–that is those who have given themselves to Christ and to one another–is pictured as the bride of Christ and as the family/children of God. That’s what the poem is referring to, in case you found it a bit confusing. If you’re scratching your head over any of this, feel free to say so and I’ll do my best to clarify. 🙂
Grace and Peace, Cindy