Thursday, August 22, 2013

Focal Points

 This is week 3 of the Online Study #SayYesToGod. The study is good. It is very exciting to read and hear about so many women across this nation and in other countries who desire to know God better; to actually cultivate the relationship He desires to have with His believers. But I have to say this way of doing Bible Study has posed to be an awkward challenge for me. Not sure why exactly and am pondering that. :) But, awkwardness aside - this morning my thoughts were focused on the 1 Peter 3:15 verse and I attempted to capture and put them into words. 
     Vs. 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts and be ready always to give an answer to every man who asks you the reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.

   Sanctify the Lord in your heart. The question was ‘how are we to set apart Christ?’ Sanctify means to  set apart as holy or consecrated which denotes something as being deserving of veneration or preeminence.

  Set apart? What should/would this look like? What does it look like in life in general? Are there things we set apart? If so, why and how is it done? 
 


  Perhaps because we are facing another move in the near future my thinking went to unpacking and setting up the rooms in a new setting.  I dare say that I am not the only woman who looks at a room and the items to be placed in it with a critical eye. What will be the best arrangement for space as well as be appealing to the eye.  Are there items which have a worth or importance which you would like to ‘set apart’ so that they are be seen by those who may enter the room? Are they fragile and costly so you would prefer them to be in an out of the way place to be protected yet readily visible? So you tuck them onto a corner shelf, albeit a shelf which is prominently seen? Or are they items which may have meaning to you or are a functional aspect yet they don’t demand having attention brought to them?  Thus they get relegated to the unseen shelves, the behind the scenes nooks, crannies or corners. Is the beauty or significance of something that which you would want to be front and center; the first thing that is noticed when walking into the room/house?  Have any of you ever walked into the front door of the house, or through the door of a room with the purpose of seeing where your eyes fall first? Then upon that reflection you decided, Yes, that is where I will put this stand, this picture, this whatever item you deem important and worthy of being ‘set apart’ for others to see.  And as the focal point it then has the added potential to become an active participant of sorts in life. Others will see it and want to comment or ask questions about it.  Opening the door for conversation, interaction, maybe even relationship building. Who knows? The possibilities are numerous.
 
  Now in pondering these thoughts I had to ask myself:  “With relation to my own life, my own relationship with Christ, when people walk through the door of my life what do they see first?" Where is Christ displayed in my life? In an out of the way corner, nook or cranny of my heart; or on a shelf to be seen and reverenced but not actually a focus of the room; or is He the focal point?

  Which I believe is what this verse is trying to get us to consider. I should have so much gratitude, love and reverence for My Lord, Christ for what He has done for me that I want Him to be the focal point. I purposely sanctify Him, 'set Him apart', place Him in a position of prominence because I desire for Him to be front and center to those who enter my life. Whoever they may be. Whenever, wherever I may encounter them.
  This begins in the heart. If He is not ‘set apart’ in my own heart first with such preeminence He will not be noticed by those around me I encounter in life.

  I am ashamed to say that often He has been taken off the throne of preeminence in my life and I have occupied that seat instead. 
        Father forgive me. 
            To which He says, "I do". 
 
      It is an ongoing facet of life, this saying Yes to God and allowing Him the setting of preeminence in my life. That He is ‘set apart’ as a focal point for all to see readily, not just those who may choose to look with a little more scrutiny than a casual glance. And as the focal point there is the added potential for Him to be an active participant in my life. Others will see Him and may want to comment or ask questions about my relationship with Him.  Opening the door for conversation, interaction, maybe even relationship building. Who knows? Again, the possibilities are numerous.

  My prayer regarding the initial question above: 
Lord, in setting you apart in my heart, I am placing you on the throne of my life. You have the seat of honor. I surrender to Your will rather than clinging to my own; foolishly trying to make you conform to me! In placing you in a focal point position I relegate you to be an active participant in my life on a daily basis, not just a fixture to be admired from afar in a corner or overlooked altogether by myself or others.

 I will sanctify you in my heart Lord, and be ready to give an answer to any who care to ask or to know the reason for the hope within me. Christ in me, my hope of glory. Is He yours?

Now, may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy spirit. Romans 15:13



Grace and Peace

4 comments:

  1. I believe you really got to the heart of the matter; a very good explanation of what Peter is trying to get across.
    The words you wrote "... when people walk through the door of my life what do they see first?" Where is Christ displayed in my life?" That REALLY is the question. And really is the thought Peter is conveying. I am challenged and hopeful that I can implement this understanding in my life. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for commenting. It is always encouraging.

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing this. I too have gone through a major move and will move again once my husband joins me.So I feel in limbo at times. I share in your prayer and thank you for the amazing visuals. Blessings.

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    1. Thank you for your encouraging words. LIMBO.. yes that is a good word for it. May your move be a smooth transition. God Bless

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