When a man or woman decides to become more like Christ they become the message!

Paul’s life had become the message of the Holy Spirit and power of what God could do in a heart; fully yielded to the plans and purposes of God. Paul spoke to the Corinthian believers, “We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings” (1Cor 4:9b). We are made by God a spectacle (qeatron). The word, like our theater, means the place of the show, and the spectacle shown at the theater is our lives exhibited before the whole world.

When we commit ourselves to fully following Christ, wanting our life to become a testimony, we say in our hearts to God; “I want to be used to reach the most souls for Christ! I’m tired of living for myself and only being satisfied with my own soul’s assurance of heaven. I want to follow you whatever the cost.”

You’re not on the backstage of the theater anymore; you step onto center stage before God, angels, demonic powers, men, and a great cloud of witnesses (Heb 12:1). And Jesus speaks to your heart, “come follow me, I have the script to this drama of your life but you won’t be able to see it by sight but by faith. Trust me with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge me, and I shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

When you go through adversity, suffering and hardship, the world will be watching how you react. When everything comes against you, will the love of Christ shine through you during these times? Don’t give away the testimony of Christ to fear, but rather glorify God because of the joy set before you (Heb 12:2).

Sometimes, when I get too weary and exhausted, I just want to walk off the stage of life, but that’s when my Heavenly Father lovingly puts his arms around me and says, “you’re doing great, I’m going to breathe new life into you so that You can go back out there Scott and demonstrate to the whole world that I Am the God who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did. I know your dream of wanting to be with my Son so I am preparing you through trials and adversity to be His Bride.  Jesus has no other desires or attractions in this world except to be glorified through your life.  Believe me Scott, you are the one I love so rejoice because very soon you and all those who love me will be going as my bride to a great feast I have planned, The Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Rev 19:9).”

That’s why we endure, beloved friend, because of the joy set before us, looking forward to that day when we stand triumphantly with our King Jesus Christ as His Bride!

Special thanks to Lisa Buffaloe www.lisabuffaloe.blogspot.com and David Wikerson’s Sermon;”Demonstration of the Spirit and of Power” Oct 2, 2005.

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