After writing the blog yesterday, I got thinking about representing God as our Father. This took me back to Jesus’ words to the disciples on the evening after His resurrection. “Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you”” (John 20:21).
We would all agree that Jesus fully represented God throughout His time on earth and accomplished what He was sent to do. This is confirmed by His prayer to the Father; “I have glorified You on earth, having accomplished the work You gave me to do” (17:4). His words to Philip make this representation also clear; “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (14:9). Then Jesus also said, “I and the Father are one” (10:30). He takes this principle of perfect unity in representation and prays for you and me; “that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (John 17:21).
Could it be that this principle of representation has not been followed by us and is the very reason we do not have the same power in ministry as Jesus did and the Early Church? Somewhere we have lost the importance of representing the Father as Jesus did! Have we become so preoccupied with the process of doing church and ministry our way that we have replaced the representation of the Father with our own ‘made-up’ image of Him?
If we are going to do God’s work, there must be a clear representation of Him in the way we do it! There is only one way of knowing how to represent God the Father and that is through spending time with Jesus in secret. Ask Him to teach you the character of the Father and how to live that character consistently, in private and before others.
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