Proof is in the Pudding

June 14, 2016

Matthew 5:16

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Proof is in the Pudding

We can say a lot of good things, think a lot of good things and know a lot of good things, but those by themselves do not make us a light-bearer.  Have you ever met someone that you could just sense the radiance of the Lord upon them?  It wasn’t because they tried to act all spiritual or put on any airs.  There just was a sense of the presence of the Lord that was with them.  You could observe it in their attitude, their tenderness, their love and compassion.  You might even be around them and feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit and yet they never even spoke or implied any judgement toward you.  As you would observe this person you see a difference in their life’s direction and purpose.  They didn’t have the same mind, goals and ambitions that most other people had.  Somehow you sensed a part of heaven in their presence.  There should really be some sense of this about all of us that are in Christ.  It is not that we go about trying to be these super-spiritual people, but the identification of our lives are so strong in Christ that it His nature and character that rests upon us and is observed in the way we conduct our lives and the works that we do.  

One thing that we observe about Moses is that when He went up into the mount to receive the commandments of the Lord, when he came down the glory of the Lord was so strong upon him that he had to put a veil over his face.  Now that glory faded, but how did that glory rest upon Him?  It was as he had dwelt in the presence of the Almighty.  The light of our lives is Christ.  Christ in us is this hope of glory according to Colossians 1:27.  We actually carry this glory and this Ark of the Covenant within us.  The question is does the glory that resides in our spirit, break through the Lamb’s skin dyed red that has redeemed this person that we are and the badger skin of our flesh to show forth the glory into the outer court?  Does our light supercede the natural sunlight of our existence and earthly abiding?  It is only as the curtains of our flesh are laid back and opened up that the glory and the light of God can come forth.  There is a priest in us that dwells in the holy place, but ministers between the Holy of Holies and the outer court.  He is the one that gets the life and the light of God and brings it out to minister and impart it to those around Him.  If the priest is inactive, then the light fails to shine forth.  It is in the identification of who we are in Christ and in the activity of abiding in His presence on a continual basis that we will shine forth as the light of the world and as a city set upon a hill.  It won’t be because we put on spiritual pretenses or boast of anything in ourselves.  It will be because we are faithful to be before the Lord and to pray without ceasing.   We find in our priesthood a place of continual communication, worship, praise, intercession and then expression of His life in and through us.  This is where we grow up into Him in all things.  The proof of the pudding is in where we have our living, moving and being.  It is seen in what fills our life, thoughts and actions.  Are we coming into our calling in Christ Jesus?  Is He our all in all?  Is the proof in the pudding and does our light so shine before men?




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