Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
Your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
Your justice like the great deep.
You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is Your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
They feast on the abundance of Your house;
You give them drink from Your river of delights.
For with You is the fountain of life;
in Your light we see light. Psalm 36:5-9
By Your light, God, we are illuminated: we shine.
Each and every one of these lines from Psalm 36 reflects the goodness and glory of God. Read it again!
When we look to God with eyes of faith, seeing God as He really is, we begin to shine and His light in us attracts people to Him like moths to a flame. This attraction is supernatural, just as God is supernatural.
What this means is that we, the church, are supernatural. We were created and are sustained by God through faith in Jesus Christ and the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. To think that we can sustain ourselves, order ourselves, direct ourselves, empower ourselves, heal ourselves or provide for ourselves naturally is fundamentally ridiculous. The church is Christ’s Body, therefore the church is supernatural by nature! We were created by and for the Lord and we are sustained by the mighty hand of God “…who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us”. Ephesians 3:20
Over time we and our congregations too often become self-sufficient. This was never God’s plan for us. God is all sufficient! To be in a place of total dependence on God should never be due to our circumstances, it should be our fervent desire!
Jesus gave us power and authority to do even greater things than He did. Yet Jesus preached the Good News to the poor, healed the sick, fed the hungry, set the captives free, raised the dead, forgave our sin, and conquered the power of sin and death as He opened the way of salvation and eternal life for all who believe. That’s pretty hard to top and naturally impossible to do, even for Jesus!
In John’s Gospel, we hear Jesus say:
“Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” John 5:19
“When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He and that I do nothing on My own but speak just what the Father has taught Me. The One who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do what pleases Him.” John 8:28-29
To totally surrender our lives and our congregations to God, choosing total dependence upon and faith in the Lord, is to begin to supernaturally understand and be transformed – to shine. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.“
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
“As you come to Him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to Him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.” 1 Peter 2:4-6
You are the beloved of God. Let go and shine!