A Glory Seed Devotional
Lifting up Jesus…
“Jesus went on to say, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, you will know who I am. You will also know that I don’t do anything on my own. I say only what my Father taught me. The one who sent me is with me. I always do what pleases him, and he will never leave me.” After Jesus said this, many of the people put their faith in him.” (John 8:28–30, CEV)
If you read a few verses preceding this morning’s scripture you’ll know Jesus was referring to the day he would be crucified however this morning I’d like to introduce you to another way of understanding lifting up Jesus but not on a cross instead lifting him up in our lives. And I don’t mean just proclaiming (lifting) him up as Savior of our lives. Nor do I just mean exchanging our agenda for his agenda or being a living witness for him. Each of those reasons are the result of what happens when we lift Jesus deep in our hearts where no one can go or see.
Lifting up Jesus in our lives for others to see is the visible result of an invisible blessing in specific events in our lives where the invisible Holy Spirit has lifted us. In 1999 I wrote a fictional story titled Josiah, a Timeless Testimony which was really a story about struggle with a number of hip surgeries and about my struggle to lift up Jesus not only through the surgeries but also in the limp that would never go away. Here’s how the story ends…
“That was 10 years ago yet it is still as fresh in my mind as if it happened yesterday, I guess in a way it happens to me every day. So if you see me limping as I walk as if I am in pain think about Jesus and his walk for you but please don’t feel sorry for me, instead pray for those who still walk through life in pain.” (I will be posting the entire story sometime today on my website http://www.garypiper.net as soon as I can get some reformatting finished.)
As you already know it is easy to lift up Jesus when things are clicking along with no opposition, but who do you know clicking along with no opposition? The real lifting up Jesus comes when the “scars” of what has happened or is happening remain and our “invisible testimony” with the help of the Holy Spirit becomes visible for all to see as we continue on life’s journey.
While the visible and invisible scars we continue to carry with us are reminders of what we’ve experienced they are also constant reminders the ongoing blessings coming out of our continual lifting of Jesus. Because life can be and often is cruel God sent Jesus into the world and upon his return together they sent the Holy Spirit not always to make life un-cruel but always lift you above it.
Open your eyes to it! Experience it! Believe it! Be transformed by it!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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Jesus said, “I am the light for the world! Follow me, and you won’t be walking in the dark. You will have the light that gives life.” (John 8:12, CEV)
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Scriptures marked CEV, “Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.”