1 In 31 Days of Abiding

Abiding {Day 29} – Behold Him!

I had a completely different post prepared (in my head) for today.  However, after listening to my Pastor’s sermon on “beholding” tonight, I felt God again shifting gears.

As a wife, mom, friend, full-time employee, and someone very involved in the ministry of building a House of Prayer in our region, it’s easy to get out of balance.  It’s easy to “do” all the things God has created me to do, and forget to simply “be”.

I was convicted last night that I have been “doing” more than I have been beholding.  I’ve spent time in prayer, I’ve worshiped, I’ve done ministry, but I haven’t been sitting long enough to truly see Him.

To behold –  observe, view, look at, watch, gaze at/upon, regard, contemplate, inspect, eye; catch sight of, glimpse, notice.

If I am to abide in Christ (to remain in His love, to stay connected to the Vine), I must behold Him daily.  If He truly is my One desire, as I often sing, then I must set aside the time to look into the face of the One who is worthy.

One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.  (Psalm 27:4)

David was after The One Thing.  His desire was to behold the beauty of the Lord.  He desired nothing more than to look at God, to inquire of God so that he would receive the revelation of His beauty and the see goodness of His character.  I yearn to see the goodness of the Lord in my life.

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.  (Psalm 27:13)

When we behold Him, we see His goodness.
When we behold Him, we having nothing to fear.
When we behold Him, the impossible becomes possible.
When we behold Him, we see His glory.
When we behold Him, we become more like Him.

So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord–who is the Spirit–makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.  (2 Corinthians 3:18)

To behold God is to see His worth, His attributes, His promises.  To behold God is to see the beauty of the Lord in the otherwise ordinary and mundane.  The more time we spend beholding Him, the more His character is revealed to us.

My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek.  (Psalm 27:8)

I will be a better wife, mother, employee and minister of the gospel when I am beholding Him by seeking His face.  In those moments His heart, character and wisdom are revealed.  This is where I receive His glory and His power to “do” all that He has called me to do.

How are you beholding Him today?

*This is Days 29 of a 31 day series on “Abiding”. You can find all of my posts in this series here. And be sure to stop by some of the other 31Dayers. Over 700 bloggers have linked up so far! There is something for everyone!

 

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    carissa
    October 29, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    you’re in the home stretch!  these 31 days are going by quickly… but then again, i’m not the one posting every day. : )

    this reminds me of mary and martha.  we can’t be the mom, the wife, the employee, the one who does it all on our own… it’s not until we sit at Jesus’ feet and behold Him!

    great words, as always.

    -carissa
    http://www.carissagraham.com

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