The Verse of the Day for April 9, 2017 is found in Hebrews 1:3, but to apprehend more fully the essence of the message, let us take a look the first three verses of Hebrews 1 in the New Living Testament:
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 we considered deeply who Jesus Christ is and what he represents, we note 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.
We note the importance of character in words of wisdom entitled “Essence of Destiny” attributed to Frank Outlaw, late President of the Bi-Lo Stores:
“Watch your thoughts, they become words;
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
This statement in part also inspired the accompanying poem:
Stamped with Your Character
“The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God,
and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command.…
As you seek a dwelling place, may you see our heart,
Custom-designed and conformed to your own image.
As you scan sea and land, may you see our visage
And decide to abide in our innermost part.
Search our character as we seek a deeper walk
With you, for we long to abide in your presence.
Naked and humble before you with no pretense,
May we be true in how we live, the way we talk.
As you search us and know us, may you find no flaw
In character, only true hearts of purity.
And may your Word unfold our true identity,
Perfected in the precepts of your changeless law.
We pledge our love and covenant with you today
To be stamped with your character in every way.
David Miller concludes with a scripture memory song of Hebrews 1:1-3 (ESV) “The Radiance of the Glory of God.”