Ephesians 3:10 – 11 “His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
During this time in church history, the church was not necessarily made up of the highly educated, the wealthy, or the elite. Instead, the universal church was being built on the ordinary people, the average Joes of society. According to Paul, it was always God’s intention to reveal Himself through the church – through the normal, everyday people who allowed Him to work through them.
The Jews rejected Jesus, because He wasn’t what they expected. They were looking for a grand Messiah to come riding in on a big white horse. They wanted God’s Son to set up an earthly kingdom, of which they themselves would be the elite. Instead, God’s Son was born to a working class couple. He was born in a barn, and his bed was a manger filled with straw. He grew up to be a sweaty carpenter with calloused hands. As far as the rest of the world was concerned, he was just an average Joe.
But oh, they were wrong! Jesus was God’s Son. He was the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He was the promised Messiah, the Savior of all mankind. He came to rescue us, not to condemn us! He doesn’t want to be a cool, aloof Royal Highness. Instead, He longs for a close and personal relationship with each and every one of us.
Friends, we will never win the world over to His great love by being aloof, judgmental, or holier-than-thou. God calls us to be real. He calls us to love people, to have genuine relationships with them, and to show them that God loves them not because they deserve to be loved, but just because He is love. He loves people so much that He left His glory and majesty and chose to become one of us.
When we stop trying to impress others, and simply allow our lives to be transparent vessels of His love, people will see God. He wants to use us, you and me, the church, to reveal His wisdom. Are you willing to let Him use you as His display case, showing all the world how loving and wonderful and wise He is?
Dear Father, I’m not a very impressive person on my own. But when others look at me, I want them to see You.