The Upper Room devotional reflection for Monday, June 13, 2022 comes to us from Verner Guthrie of Alabama
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:14-17 NIV
“A Portrait of Christ”
One of my hobbies is painting landscapes. I enjoy looking at God’s creation and trying to portray my version of land, sky, and water on canvas. In order to paint, I have to study painting techniques and the best way to present natural elements of the earth. It is about mixing colors and using the proper shapes, lighting, and perspective. The more I learn about nature, the better I am able to paint because I understand my subject. If I am successful, others can see and understand my paintings and hopefully be inspired by them.
The verse quoted above tells us that God has created us with the potential for doing good works through Jesus Christ. The reading from 2 Timothy talks about the value of Bible study. The more we study, pray, and meditate on God’s word in the Bible, the better we understand who God is. When God’s word becomes part of us through the Hoy Spirit, the better we can portray Christ to others when they hear our words and see our actions. When we do this, we become God’s witness and exhibit his workmanship. Let us be a portrait of Christ for God’s glory throughout the world.
Verner Guthrie reminds us that, in many ways, each of us is a portrait of God made visible in our world. Studying, praying, and meditating on God’s Word can empower us to represent God to our world through our actions of service and loving kindness. It is through those actions that we “portray” God to the world that God has given to us. I invite you to consider ways in which you portray God to others in this world.
Our Father, help us to know you better through the study of scripture. May your Holy Spirit enable us to be your example in this world so that others will see Christ through us. Amen.
Thought for the Day:
What can I do to help others see Christ in me?
We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10 (KJV)