When God’s Work is Revealed

Exodus 34:10

The Lord said to Moses, “All the people among whom you live shall see the work of the Lord.”

Mark 6:2–3

Many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary?”

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It is a great privilege to be a servant of God: one through whom God works. Sometimes those such persons, such as Moses and Jesus, are outstanding in their accomplishments. Moses holds out his staff and the Red Sea is parted and the children of Israel travel safely through to their freedom. Jesus heals a man born blind so that the people could see the work of God (cf. John 9:3).

But you don’t have to lead a nation, heal the blind, or raise the dead, to be one in whom the work of God is displayed. A more careful look at the healing of the blind man (John 9) reveals that he is not only the one healed, but the one in whom the work of God is revealed. That, of course, is a great privilege as well. To be healed, helped, blessed, redeemed is to be one in whom the work of God is revealed.

The only question in this regard is: Who gets the credit? When the blessing comes, the disease is healed, the impossible situation handled, the forgiveness received: does the glory go to God?

People were astonished when they saw Jesus teaching; he was a nobody in their eyes, but his teaching and miracles pointed beyond himself. Moses needed Aaron to speak in his behalf, and a staff as his symbol of power and authority. To some extent, it is better to be weak and less charismatic if you are to be one in whom the works of God are clearly seen. That might give hope to us all. Common folk who give God the glory are those in whom the work of God is revealed.

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