Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | October 14, 2015

October 14, 2015 “Upon Reflection”

“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:14)

Good Morning Everyone!

In beginning today’s post, I would like to cite a few names from history. Most of them you will recognize, as they all have something in common: Adolph Hitler…Genghis Khan…Kim-Jong Il…Idi Amin…Saddam Hussein…Joseph Stalin…Mau Tse Tung…Caligula.  I am sure you are familiar with most of these historical tyrants. Each is known for their particularly tyrannical rule, cruelty, and barbarism. Were I to list their atrocities without mentioning specifics such as geographical references or chronological information and just give adjectives describing their character, I believe you would be hard-pressed to distinguish one from the other. In fact, they are all pretty much the same person when it comes right down to it. They are virtually interchangeable…all alike.

Now let me offer some other names: Billy Graham…Paul the Apostle…Mother Theresa of Calcutta…Dwight L. Moody…William Booth…John Newton…George Fredrick Handel. Do you know those names? I believe you will recognize most all of them. These are men and women of God whose particular ministries have impacted the world. But unlike the rogues mentioned before, they are unique and hardly interchangeable. Their particular ministries included world-wide evangelical missions, church building, ministry to the poorest of the poor, the bold proclamation of the gospel in the inner-cities, and the composition of some of the greatest music ever written. While all of the aforementioned were created in the image of God, both tyrants and saints alike, the tyrants reflected only the reality of their fallen nature…corruption, evil…monotony. Upon reflection, the saints, on the other hand, displayed the vast richness of the transformed individual and the magnificent vibrancy of a new life in Christ in all its splendid hues.  C.S. Lewis, in his book “Mere Christianity”, observed:

“How monotonously alike all the great tyrants and conquerors have been: how gloriously different are the saints.”

As the psalmist declared, I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.  The saints, and that includes each of us who know and understand this reality, display both the fearfully awesome power and the wonderful character of the Creator through the uniqueness of our own being.  Live to honor Christ, our Maker and our Lord. Reflect his goodness and his greatness throughout the day. Let’s pray!

O Lord, our Lord; How majestic is your name in all the earth…how marvelous are the works of your hands. Thank you for fashioning me for your purposes. May my life truly reflect the wonder of your grace in everything i say and do. This is my prayer offered in Jesus’ Name. Amen

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