“I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned saw seven golden lamp stands and in the midst of the candlesticks one like unto a son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about at the breasts with a golden girdle. And his head and his hair were white as white wool, white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; and his feet like unto burnished brass, as if it had been refined in a furnace; and his voice as the voice of many waters.” Revelation 1:12-15
John saw you in all of your glory standing among the lamp stands that represented your beloved churches at that time. The way you revealed yourself was both a comfort and a confrontation. It comforts me to know you are the almighty God filled with power and splendor. That reminds me that you have all it takes to take care of your churches. But it also confronts me that my church answer to you and not to the world we serve. Only what you want matters and many times we have followed the whims of the world and our own desires. I’m glad you are among us in your power. Help us to live before you in godly reverence. Lead us on your mission and not our own. Make us into what you want us to be.
When we remember that Jesus lives among us it changes everything we think, say, and do.