The most incredible REVEAL (revelation) of all time seems to be hidden from most people in a given day. What if I told you that the mystery of the universe, the purpose of all things, has been blatantly revealed in an obvious way - yet we are blind to it? We can't see the forest for the trees. It would be like standing in the middle of a wonderfully full garden of fruit and vegetables - and wondering where our next meal is coming from. We must open our eyes and realize: It’s right there in front of us!
A bold example of this just recently happened in the Middle East. ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq & Syria), which began in 2013, is targeting Christians for persecution, and killing them by stoning, beheading, hanging, and other violent acts. But in the middle of total chaotic evil, in the darkest of places, God has revealed Himself in a powerful way.
An Islamic State militant, who we will refer to as "Saul", was known for his brutal killing of Christians - even enjoying the massacres. But Saul began to notice that Christian after Christian refused to deny their Lord, even after being given the opportunity to spare their lives by rejecting their Christianity. Instead, they willingly sacrificed their lives for Him. Saul began having dreams at night of this "Man in White" who would come to him and say, "You are killing my people!" He began feeling sick and uneasy about his deplorable acts.
Then one day, just before Saul brutally took the life of another Christian, his victim declared, "I know you will kill me. But I give to you my Bible." Saul finished his slaying, but took the Bible and actually began reading it. The next time Saul dreamed about the Man in White, the Man asked him to follow Him! Now Saul knew who this "Man" was. Saul sought out a missionary in the region and became a follower of Jesus Christ.
This may remind you of the story of another man named Saul who would became Paul, the leader of the missions effort of the early church. You can find this current events story here.
For more than 50 years, I have searched for the simplest way to define who God is and what He is up to. The answer to the second question will lead you to the first…
GOD IS REVEALING HIMSELF!
This is what He is up to. This is His mission. This is His purpose. Even before time began, God was in the process of revealing Himself. Lucifer, the highest-ranking angel of God didn’t really know God yet. If he had, he would have never tried to be like Him! When a third of the angels followed Lucifer’s leading and rebelled against God, God’s response was to create a new being: one made in His image. This new creature, mankind, would be the instrument through which God would REVEAL Himself to the principalities and powers. And though man did not choose to fulfill that purpose in the beginning, Jesus gave His life so that we could be the "new creation" - a people who would finish what God had started in the beginning.
Ephesians 3:10-11 says, "To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God (the many sides of understanding of who God is and what He is doing) might be made known (revealed) by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Lucifer and his demonic angels are a lost cause. They have been destined for the eternal pit. But God's kingdom is in process of redeeming those who will believe. And in addition, He is establishing an eternal demonstration where the Father is revealed in His fullness, not only to mankind, but to the principalities and powers with which we will spend eternity.
Not only is God revealing Himself, but He is revealing Himself through us!
Our mission statement at Life Church is as follows:
GOD REVEALS HIMSELF THROUGH US
TO REACH EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD
WITH A DEMONSTRATION OF CHRIST AND HIS KINGDOM
It's all about the demonstration. You and I have been placed on the planet to live and love one another, to be productive and accomplish God's mission together. We cannot do that without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through His Holy Spirit. It is the power of "Christ in us" through the work of His Spirit that leads us to a correct and dynamic demonstration of who He is and what He’s doing.
What we are now living out on earth will eventually find its fullness in eternity. The Bible refers to it as the new earth and new heaven. You may have heard this referred to as, "The End." But in actuality it is, "The New Beginning."
We are "The Reveal"! We are not perfect until the new beginning, but we are changing... changing by His grace into the image of Christ.
Our friend, Saul, the former militant ISIS executioner, began to see THE REVEAL in the dedication of those who died for their faith. With that witness, the Holy Spirit began bringing conviction to his heart. Jesus revealed Himself to the current day Saul and connected him to a man who knew how to lead him to the throne of grace, mercy, and power.
Can you identify your life and how you are living it within the context of THE REVEAL? Are you demonstrating Christ and His kingdom in your relationship with other believers in a way that shows His love and goodness? Are there unbelievers in your life who look at your dedication, grace, and love, and see cause for the Holy Spirit to bring conviction to their hearts - offering a pathway for redemption?
Get up tomorrow morning and answer your call. It is your purpose in life! You were created for this cause! Rise up and be "THE REVEAL!"