God encounters will always point to Jesus. Mark that one down. It will keep your feet from diversions and deceptions.
Thinking about the story that leads up to the birth of Jesus recorded in both Matthew and Luke. There are some powerful encounters that people have, particularly with with Angels. Angels are not some tiny little fat baby sat on a cloud play in a half somewhere. These are incredible, mighty beings. Most of the time, when we come to the Scriptures, we find people.
Anyone who meets an angel is left absolutely trembling in their boots. And of course, there’s the famous story of the shepherds out there watching their flocks. And then this spectacular suddenly takes place. The sudden leaves of the Scriptures. Something definitely worth giving some time to study out, because in our own generation and in our own lives, we can have faith for a few of our own sudden leaves.
And when these sudden leaves occur when heaven breaks in, when ordinary lives encounter the extraordinary power and presence of God’s realm bursting into their existence, things are never the same again. And this particular night, Luke records there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared among them. And the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. And then this angel is then later joined by this host, this vast army of heavenly beings praising and glorifying God.
Such encounters, I believe, are the invitation to go and seek Jesus and discover the doorway that made such a heavenly invasion possible. God encounters Mark this down will always point to Jesus.
This will keep your feet from diversions and deceptions. If you recognise that God encounters are intended like this encounter that the shepherds had. The Scriptures say that when the Angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, let’s go. Let’s see this thing which has happened, which the Lord has told us about. Let’s go seek out this Jesus through your work as an artist, an author, an influencer, just a born again human being.
You also act as a conduit for this wonderful world of God’s glory. Breaking into the world. Your work and your words are a doorway that offer glimpses to humanity of something greater. And like the Angels of old, we come with good tidings of great joy. 2 Corinthians 5:20.
It tells us that we are ambassadors for Christ. And it’s as though God is beseeching people through and by us to be reconciled to God. Yeah, we represent Him. We are ambassadors of this world to come of this King on the throne. And through our artistic and creative works, we can open doorways that will open hearts.
Your work goes way beyond the paint dorms on the canvas. It surpasses the ink splats on the page. Your song is more than just a few vibes in the ether. You Herald a new world, a new day, and a fresh hope with every expression of Christ in you and through you. Well, thanks for listening.
Hopefully it’s been an encouragement to you today. If you want to connect any further, you can do so through my website at davidleemartin.com. Have a great day.