There are some people in life whom we love spending time with and some we hope for the interaction to end sooner rather than later.
There are those who give us a very clear sense of the spirit’s presence in their life after we spend some time with them. And it leaves you feeling really good and peaceful and wanting a little more of that interaction. I have the blessing of knowing a lovely elderly lady at church who is one such person, the spirits presence and work in her life is so evident. No bad day or changed circumstance can mask the presence of God and the Joy of Him in her life. I hope to have that as I grow more in Jesus.
Scripture tells us that the spirit of God dwells in His believers (Romans 8:9), We are the temple of God and the Spirit of God lives in us (1 Corinthians 3:16). The Spirit of God is not merely outside in our midst but within us. And so, if the spirit resides in us, when we interact with others the most prominent characteristics displayed, the essence of our being should be reflective of God in us. But in reality, is it?
In scripture we see David described as “A man after God’s own heart’(Acts13:22).
Joshua described as “The man filled with the Spirit of wisdom” (Deuteronomy 34:9).
Caleb as “A man who followed God whole-heartedly” (Numbers 14:24).
John as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (John13:23).
Moses as the one whom God knew face to face” (Deuteronomy 34:10).
In today’s times we tend to be more concerned with descriptions of our appearance, of our achievements or of our possessions. What matters more? These outward temporary descriptors or how your soul is described and what it reflects.
What would you like your description to be?
Being a descriptor of God is about you as a person and your close and deep relationship with God.
Let’s just look at Moses for a moment, in Exodus 3;6 we read that he was afraid and hid his face from God.
Exodus3:6 “Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.”
This verse portrays such a different picture to what we read later in Deuteronomy of a Moses whom God knew and spoke to face to face. It was an entire journey for Moses to get from hiding his face to knowing God so closely and intimately. He did not start right away knowing God so closely, he had his path to take to get so close to God. He would not have reached there if he did not obey God. We must remember that he was reluctant to step into God’s calling for him and it was not an easy or trouble-free path for Him.
Moses replaced what once was in him and filled it with the best of God.
How can you and I be the kind of descriptors of God we want to be if we do not pursue a relationship with Him, spend time with Him every day, take those little steps to grow closer to Him, to learn to hear when He speaks and to be In tune with His will.
We actually do get to inform what our descriptions can be. It is up to us to pursue that time with Him, be diligent and consistent in our study of the word. To choose to be obedient when we do not understand the entirety of it all. God is right there patiently waiting for us. He just wants us to want all of Him.
2 Peter 1:3-5: “As we know Jesus better, His divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life. He has called us to receive His own glory and goodness. And by that same mighty power He has given us all of His rich and wonderful promises… So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life” (NLT).
He desires you more than you seek and want Him. That intimacy will unleash the ability to live a life that please the one who made us. And then, as God does, He puts it in our hands in verse five with “make every effort to apply.” Action words.
It is in our hands to apply and work and speak His promises.
To replace what once was and fill it with the best of God, what needs to change for us so that You and I can be descriptors of God too.