Transparent Vessels

A white ray of light falls upon a translucent glass prism…  The prism refracts the light, displaying the array of magnificent colours that this white light is made up of!  In the absence of a glass prism (or a substance similar to that in attributes), the beauty of the white ray is not visible to the naked eye…   How profound!

Another natural occurrence of this example, are the rays of the sun dancing on clear water drops to reveal its majestic beauty in the form of a rainbow. Isn’t it amazing how the rainbow can touch our hearts?  It brings hope, a sign of God’s promise!

The book of Revelations in the Bible tells us when the Son of Man appears on the last day, His “face will be like the sun shining in all its brilliance” (1:16) and that the Holy “City does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp (21:23).  The triune God is the source of light… Their rays of brightness fall upon us – “Those who look to the Lord are radiant” (Psalm 34:5).  In fact Exodus 34:29 says that Moses was not aware that he was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.  Paul pens, “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).

However for God’s light to shine through us, we need to be transparent vessels like the glass prism.  We can then spread the beauty of God’s glory to those around us – to touch them with the hope that we have in God.   Jesus stated that we “are the light of the world” and tells us, “let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).

God doesn’t judge us by our appearances; instead He looks into our hearts.  Jesus clearly stated, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Matthew 5:8).  The Psalmist writes, “Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart” (97:11).

David pleaded with God, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts” (Psalm 139:23).  We need to keep searching within and removing all the anxious thoughts and areas of our heart that we have closed up.  God is looking for pure hearts, for the translucent glass prisms to radiate His light through us to refract and reveal His Glory and Power to those around us…

  • What is it that blocks or prevents you from being transparent?

Could it be your fears of rejection, past experiences, hidden sins, life of hypocrisy where the mouth confesses Christ but the heart is full of clutter… the list goes on.  It is absolutely essential that we allow God, like King David did, to search our hearts and remove all that is not of Him, all that does not glorify Him.  Even the slightest of speck of impurity will block part of the ray of God’s glory from shining through us.  The more tarnished we are, the more we will be like lamps hidden under a bowl.

As His believers, we are called to love Him with all our heart, with all our understanding and with all our strength, and to love our neighbour as ourselves.  In fact, Mark 12:33 states that this (loving God and loving our neighbour as ourselves) is MORE important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.

Where do you stand today?  What are you caught up in?  What consumes you?  What stops you from loving God with everything you have?  What prevents you from loving your neighbour as yourself?  In fact do you even love your neighbour as yourself or do you love them in accordance to your convenience and comfort, without any sacrifice?

Very often our ministries for God consume us… they take up all our time and energy.  Ministries for God can also become idols if it is done without time left to have a relationship with God and our neighbours (Our neighbours are those God places along our paths).  Obeying these two greatest commandments is more important than our burnt offerings and sacrifices – including sacrifices to serve God through our ‘ministries’.

The danger lies in the fact that subtly we can turn the focus / attention of our ministry for God to ourselves.  We can become the heroes, the stars; robbing God of His glory.   The transparent prism does not glorify itself but rather enhances the beauty of the white ray of light that falls on it.

We think we are good ‘Christians’ when we sacrifice much time and energy to serve Him.  However, it is crucial that we keep in mind the warning of Jesus…

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?” Then I will tell them plainly, “I never knew you.  Away from me, you evil-doers” (Matthew 7:21-23).

Not only did Jesus tell them that He didn’t know them, but He addressed these people who were serving the Lord in the name of Jesus and that too, as ‘evil doers’.  We know where ‘evildoers’ end up too!

Are you doing the will of our Father who is in heaven or are you serving in the way you want to?

No service is pleasing unto Him if we are not doing what is important – having a relationship with God and with others.

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (Psalm 51:17).

What is your heart condition today?  Is it a proud heart that keeps God and people out of it?

 Or is it a broken and contrite heart that knows the most important thing that God wants is

 a twofold relationship – with Him and with each other.

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