Being A Splendor For God

July 20, 2013

Friends,
Isa. 62:3 says, “You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God.” Is it only Jerusalem that is being referred to, or are all who are righteous included? It is the latter, and their righteousness will shine “out like the dawn” (v. 1) that the nations will see it. (v. 2) This is what will bring glory to the Lord.

If we are in Christ, then we, just as He is the Light of the world (John 8:12), are also the light of the world. (Mt. 5:14) “A city on a hill cannot be hidden” (same verse), for its light lights up the sky and everyone can see it and its light plainly. This we ourselves are commanded to be. We and our light (Christ within us) are to be put on a stand to be seen. (v. 15,16) We are to do so in order that everyone can see Christ. We are to do so that we may encourage and flavor (influence) the world. (v. 13) We are to stand up boldly and shine out Jesus everywhere. We do this through our righteousness, and that does mean by doing good deeds. (v. 16) There is no way to shine out Christ through our righteousness if our behavior is not righteous. Righteousness is about action. It’s about action that proves what is inside. (15:18-20)

So what about it? –Can each one of us honestly say we are a crown of splendor and a royal diadem in the Lord’s hand? Are we each wearing the “garments of splendor” (Isa. 52:1) –Christ Himself whom God has so graciously clothed us with? (Gal. 3:27) And are we choosing to wear Him daily as we are commanded to do in Rom. 13:14? He is our full armor of God (Eph. 6:11), the armor of Light (Rom. 13:12) who extinguishes the darkness and exposes evil. (John 3:20 // Eph. 5:8-14) Are we thus living as children of the Light? (Eph. 5:8) If we are, then we will bear its fruit –which “consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth.” (v. 9)

God says, “I will grant salvation to Zion, My splendor to Israel.” (Isa. 46:13) True Christ-followers, through faith, are Abraham children and heirs of the promise (Rom. 4:16 // Gal. 3:29) –and of all the promises that go along with the promise. (2 Cor. 1:20)

Therefore, and because all heirs are also God’s servants, to every one of us the Lord declares this: “You are My servant, Israel, in whom I will display My splendor.” (Isa. 49:3) Does it matter how He chooses to do this in and through each of us? It shouldn’t. For when we came into covenant with Him we submitted our will to His. Is there then not cause to rejoice in that He wants us, desires to use us, and delights to make us His own instrument of splendor? Indeed there is great cause for rejoicing.

Moreover, if we, as we hold out the Word of Life, are becoming blameless, faultless, and pure, then we ourselves, along with our deeds, will be shining like stars amongst a crooked and depraved generation. (Phil. 2:15) Then when Christ returns in blazing glory, we will not be disappointed, for the reward He will bring with Him will show we “did not run or labor for nothing.” (v. 16) Yes, it will be seen that we did not labor without purpose or spend our strength in vain. (Isa. 49:4)

Having been a crown of splendor and a royal diadem in God’s hand will prove, eternally, well worth the “light and momentary affliction” (2 Cor. 4:17), effort, and submission.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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