Originally posted a year ago, today’s blog entry has been revised and re-posted here:
The Verse of the Day for April 9, 2016 comes from Hebrews 1:3, but to apprehend more fully the essence of the message, take a look and listen to Hebrews 1:1-3:
The New Living Testament renders the passage this way:
1Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. 2 And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. 3The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.
As I considered deeply who Jesus Christ is and what he represents, I thought of the opening phrase of verse three “The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God. . .” or as the King James states that Christ is “the express image of his [God’s] person.”
As believers our innermost desire should be that our lives become expressions of the character of Christ, just as Christ is the expression of the very character of God.
Not long ago, I recall having heard this statement that was labeled “Essence of Destiny” which inspired the accompanying poem:
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Choose your words, for they become actions. Understand your actions, for they become habits. Study your habits, for they become your character. Develop your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
Stamped with Your Character
The Son radiates God’s own glory and
expresses the very character of God. . .
Hebrews 13:3a (NLT)
As you seek a dwelling place, may you see my heart,
Custom-designed and conformed to your own image.
As you scan sea and land, may you see my visage
And decide to abide in my innermost part.
Search my character as I seek a deeper walk
With you, for I long to abide in your presence.
Naked and humble before you with no pretense,
May I be true in how I live, the way I talk.
As you search me and know me, may you find no flaw
In character, only a heart of purity.
And may your Word unfold my true identity,
Perfected in the precepts of your changeless law.
I pledge my love and covenant with you today
To be stamped with your character in every way.
The David Crowder Band offer a musical expression of Hebrew 1:3 entitled “Stars”: