Who is this Looking Back at Me?

June 30, 2016

2 Timothy 1:7-10

God’s Spirit doesn’t make cowards out of us. The Spirit gives us power, love, and self-control. 8Don’t be ashamed to speak for our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, just because I am in jail for serving him. Use the power that comes from God and join with me in suffering for telling the good news. 9God saved us and chose us to be his holy people.  We did nothing to deserve this, but God planned it because he is so kind. 

Even before time began God planned for Christ Jesus to show kindness to us. 10Now Christ Jesus has come 

to show us the kindness of God. Christ our Savior defeated death and brought us the good news. It shines like a light and offers life that never ends. 

Who is this Looking Back at Me?

Looking in the mirror,

Who is this looking back at me?

Is it the person of just here and now,

Or is it the person of eternal destiny?  

Am I really just this person of faults and blems?

Am I just a person that exists, grows old and dies,

Or am I a being fashioned in the image of Him,

Fulfilling the divine destiny that before me lies?

Condemnation, fear and doubt would cloud that view.

When I survey my land the giants seem quite a few.

But look at that fruit in the land of milk and honey,

My life is so much more than houses, lands and money.

God has deposited a part of heaven in me.

Christ shed His blood, gave me His Spirit to set me free.

I can live out of what I see and touch and feel,

Or I can live out of the Word that I know to be real.

What report will I believe, as I stare, looking back at me?

Will I identify with my Lord and who He says I will be,

Or will I see only the doubts, unbelief and fears,

Allowing them to rob me of my destiny and years? 

Kent Stuck

Blessings,

#kent

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