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                                                                                                        May 31, 2015


Let the Beauty of Jesus Be Seen  - Scott Richardson

Let the Beauty of Jesus Be Seen

Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus … (Philippians 2:1-5)

The Attitude

Read the following passages carefully and note the attitude of Jesus. Remember, we are supposed to have His mind in us.

It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:26-28)

For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? But I am among you as the one who serves. (Luke 22:27)

If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. (John 13:14-15)

You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. (Acts 10:38)

In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)

For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “THE REPROACHES OF THOSE WHO REPROACHED YOU FELL ON ME.” For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:3-6)

And walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. (Ephesians 5:2)

The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. (1John 2:6)

The Words

Who do you sound like? Disciples of Jesus sound like Jesus. Even when they did not particularly want to be identified with Jesus, there was no escaping it. Remember Peter at trial (Matthew 26:73)? However, Peter did grow. Think of what people noticed as he and John spoke (Acts 4:13). Later in life, Peter wrote letters to instruct and encourage other Christians. When you read his letters, the one with whom he spent time is clear. He spent time with Jesus—he sounds just like Him. Open your Bible and read the following pairs of verses and you’ll see: John 5:2829 with 1Peter 1:17; John 13:34-35 with 1Peter 1:22; John 3:3-5 with 1Peter 1:23; Matthew 5:16 with 1Peter 2:12; Matthew 16:24 with 1Peter 2:21; Matthew 5:10 with 1Peter 3:14; Luke 14:11 with 1Peter 5:6. This is just a handful of the many examples.

Now, examine yourself and answer these questions:

     Did Jesus speak words of truth? Do you?

     Did Jesus speak words tolerant of error? Do you?

     Did Jesus speak words of instruction motivated by real love? Do you?

The Dress

Who do you dress like? Disciples dress like Jesus and as Jesus instructs. In regard to dress, the word “modest” is often thrown about with little thought for what it really means. Our English word comes to us from a Latin word meaning “keeping due measure.” To define the word, the New Oxford American Dictionary uses the phrases “unassuming or moderate,” “to avoid attracting attention.” Many want to know the answer to the question, “Is my clothing modest?” The basic answer is very simple—is it specifically designed to draw attention as you wear it?

This definition of modesty has two sides—you can wear too little or you can wear too much. Remember the words the Spirit directed Paul to write to Timothy? “I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness” (1Timothy 2:9-10). Or what about Peter [who sounds like Jesus] writes? “Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands” (1Peter 3:3-5). There are plenty of times when it is entirely inappropriate to “dress up” and “adorn” ourselves. Remember Jezebel (2Kings 9:30)? Sometimes, it may be appropriate to “dress up”—say, if you are a Queen. I don’t know many Queens and rulers to know what is appropriate in those cases, but I do read about Esther (Esther 5:1). Remember what modest dress is. It is not “soft clothing,” or lack of it, that people should be looking at (Matthew 11:8).

Now, examine yourself and answer these questions:

     Did Jesus need to have someone check His clothes for modesty? Do you?

     Did Jesus require the most fashionable clothing brands? Do you?

     Did Jesus dress so as to attract attention to Himself? Do you?

     Did Jesus “shrug His shoulders” at improper dress among His friends?Do you?

The Respect

Jesus knows how to relate to people. When on earth, He always had the proper, respectful, loving attitude toward everyone, even those who were against Him. That is not to say that He tolerated sin [Matthew 23’s “woe to you” phrases come to mind], but He loved all and gave everyone the respect that was appropriate. Whose relationships do you emulate?

Disciples relate like Jesus did during His time on earth: 1) as a child (Luke 2:52-52; see also Ephesians 6;1-2); 2) to one another [husbands and wives as Christ and His church] (Ephesians 5:21); 3) as employees and employers (Colossians 3:18-4:1; see also 1Peter 2:18); 4) to the government (Luke 20:22-25; see also 1Peter 2:17); 5) to spiritual leaders (Hebrews 13:17); 6) to God (Luke 6:46 see also Malachi 1:6 ).

Now, examine yourself and answer these questions:

     Did the young Jesus behave in a disrespectful manner (Luke 2:52)?Do you?

     Did Jesus act with respect to those in authority? Do you?

     Did Jesus act with respect toward those who led synagogue assemblies? Do you?

     Did Jesus act with respect to the Father? Do you?

     Did Jesus act with respect toward God’s word? Do you?

Four areas, encompassing the totality of our lives, have been addressed: 1) how we think; 2) how we speak; 3) how we appear; and 4) how we relate. In all of these things, who is seen? Is it me, or am I bringing glory to God? Am I letting “the beauty of Jesus be seen” in me? “By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world (1John 4:17).

—S. Scott Richardson Sr



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