“And the Lord said unto Moses, See, I have made you as God to Pharaoh; and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet” (Exodus 7:1).
In this verse of Scripture, as the Lord speaks to Moses, we read these remarkable words. To the world, God’s children often stand in the place of God. We are the only Bible they will read, all of Jesus they will see. It is vitally important that we represent the Lord accurately. Of course, no mortal man can do so in any complete sense, but in a representative sense we must. It does not mean we must be absolutely perfect, but it does mean we are to give those around us a glimpse of who Jesus really is.
The Son of God is born into me by the direct act of God, then, I as a child of God have to exercise the rights of a child, especially, the right of coming face-to-face with my Father at any time. Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). Commit yourself to Christ-likeness and believe that the Lord will multiply your life as others see Him in you. I am a child of God only by regeneration, and as a “good child” of God I am good only as I walk in the light.
Also, Jesus said; “Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:20). I did not want to be like them, then He came, and a marvelous thing happened. I started my journey to be more like Him and less like the scribes and Pharisees. The apostle Paul teaches; “There is no difference. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:22-23). No right thinking Christian should want that last sentence inscribed on their tombstone.
Jesus left little room for misunderstanding—if you are My disciple you must be right not only in your living, but in your motives, in your dreams, in the recesses of your mind. You must be so pure in your motives that God Almighty can see nothing to disapprove. This is where coming short of the glory traps most Christians. Who can stand in the Eternal Light of God and have nothing He will disapprove of? Only the Son of God and Jesus Christ proclaims that by His Redemption He can put into any man His own disposition, and make him as pure and simple as a new-born child.
No man can make himself pure by obeying laws. Jesus Christ does not give us rules and regulations; His teachings are truths that can only be interpreted by the disposition He puts in each of us. The great marvel of Jesus Christ’s salvation is that He alters heredity. He does not alter human nature, He alters its foundation. We have to decide whether we will accept the tremendous spiritual upheaval that will be produced in our lives if we decide to be like Him.
The teachings of Jesus are out of all proportion to our natural way of looking at things and it comes with astonishing discomfort to begin with. We have to slowly form our walk and conversation on the line of the precepts of Jesus Christ if we are to be Christ-like. Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is not a set of rules and regulations; it is a statement of the life we will live when the Holy Spirit makes us like Him. May you be blessed by the Lord who made heaven and earth and bless someone in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
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