GodReflection: Life in the Holy Presence
I often hear others pray various forms of “may our nation return to its former identity as a Christian nation.”
My kneejerk reaction is always the same.
I’m not sure any nation is or every has been Christ-like in its actions. Perhaps a better request would be that we who make up the body of Christ claim our own God given identity of Holy Nation.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9.)
Maybe I should pray that we who follow Jesus would live our holy nation identity before all who have not yet gone through the process to receive citizenship in God’s kingdom.
I am drawn to Jesus illustration of yeast: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
I suspect if I were to act more like he teaches me to act then others could more readily see the Jesus’ yeast flow from my own walk.
Sixty pounds is a chunk of flour. But, it is amazing what a little yeast can do.
It is the yeast that makes dough rise and become light before it is baked. Yeast permeates the entire loaf. It modifies a dead lump of flour when infused into the bread recipe.
Yeast is the Godly architectural genius behind the concept of the Holy Nation.
To use Jesus yeast analogy, I picture God’s Holy Nation at work across the face of our globe. I think of the untold thousands of churches penetrating their communities.
I think of Christ followers who move to unfamiliar cultures to acquire languages not their own to be yeast.
I think of hospitals, doctors, nurses, lab technicians, and a gazillion other health care personal who daily go to work across the face of the globe to be yeast in the name of Jesus.
I think of teachers committed to the Savior. Both male and female educators in all disciplines of learning who by the hundreds of thousands enter into classrooms and technical schools as they allow the yeast of the Jesus example to flow into millions of lives.
When I envision the multi-millions of books and Internet pages authored by God’s people I see yeast work its way into open hearts among the continents of the world.
When I think of the countless disciples of Jesus who work in law enforcement and government positions throughout the nations I think of yeast infiltrating dough.
When I think of pastors, teachers, evangelist, and deacons at work through local churches I envision the aroma of fresh bread thoroughly infused by yeast.
And as the Hebrew writer would say, I’ve yet to mention the yeast of Jesus that flows from line workers, executives, non-profit entities, the youth of the churches, Christian counselors, social worker, jungle pilots, and the list goes on.
I find it easy and right to be appalled at the Satanic violence that engulfs every village, town, city, and nation.
At the same time when I step back and take the global view I see the Holy Nation on the move to spread Jesus yeast.
Life within the Holy Nation breeds a sense of confident trust. It’s neat to imagine the unmeasurable quantity of Holy yeast that flows 24/7 across our planet to penetrate the unholy lump.
Maybe I should fret less and pray more often in both supplication and thanksgiving for the work of the Holy Nation?
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection on Holy Nation