I was especially blessed by my pastor’s message this morning and thought I’d share some of it with you. I’ve never heard him preach a bad, boring, or uninspiring message, but there was just something unique this time that made a big impression on me. He posted the black and white picture below of a Highlights magazine page and told the following story. When he was young, his mom would take him to the dentist, and they always had the Highlights magazine for kids to read and look at. He would look at pictures such as this one and the goal was to find the different objects at the bottom in the main picture above. The more he found the more he wanted to find more objects.
I remember reading these magazines as well when I was a child and could completely relate. I too loved finding the objects in the picture and had a difficult time leaving the copy in the office, especially if I didn’t finish it. But as I was enjoying these memories, I wasn’t quite sure where he was taking us in his sermon. After he described his enjoyment of this magazine and how it translated into never having a fear of dentists, he than had the following scripture put up on the screen.
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-6
Pastor then started reading the verse and asked the question. Can you find yourself in this verse? He then read it replacing the words “us” and “we” with his own name. He quoted other scriptures and replaced his name where it said “us” and “we.” Then he explained how we need to find ourselves in Christ. We need to discover who we are in the scriptures, for that is how God sees us. Search the scriptures, and you will truly see who you are.
Just as it was with the objects in the picture the more you discover who you are in the scriptures, the more you will want to keep searching. As you continue searching and discovering how good it is to be in Him, you will not be afraid of Him, but will actually be drawn more towards Him. God created us, but its up to us to find ourselves in the scriptures. Read them, and let God bring the revelation of who you are.
Thank you Pastor Mark.