Today I began the reading of the book of Revelation. Coming off of the recent trip to Turkey and Greece, this book is more alive for me than it has ever been while reading it. This year for me, as I’ve written many times, is the year of finding the truth about what living as a new creation is all about. First and foremost, it is believing you are a new creation. In so doing, one can begin to believe all that scripture says about you and our Creator is true if we have accepted Christ as our Savior and then if we have given Him permission to be Lord of our lives. With this in mind, I want to share what is hitting me this morning.
In Revelation 1:12-15, John describes the person who was speaking to him. This person was Jesus Christ Himself. One of the descriptors which is stated in verse 15 says, “His feet were gleaming like bright metal….” The footnote accompanying this passage reads, “Or burnished brass. …The Aramaic can be translated ‘the brass of Lebanon.’ Lebanon was known for the quality of its fine brass. Brass is a biblical symbol of passing through judgment. Jesus went through judgment for our sins, and with feet on fire He is now kindling fires wherever he walks.” (quote from The Passion translation)
As I read this I could see the change in people’s faces when hope is given to them through sharing God’s Word with them. The truth within God’s Word is the fire that ignites our own spirit to believe. Reading this and knowing the truth of this, removes the stigma I’ve always felt about sharing God’s Word. I’ve never felt worthy of this, but today, I know that being a new creation I don’t ever share God’s Word from my worthiness, it is His Own Worthiness which lives within me. Wow! God is never done with His work in us and how grateful I am that He never gives up!