Refractive Crystals in God’s hands


Murano Island - FamilyMay 12, 2016 – Sangeetha and I celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary and the symbol for the 15th anniversary is a “crystal”.

When visiting the Murano Island near Venice in May 2015, we were mind blown by the exquisite and intricate work and beauty of the glass work which are known around the world as the Murano crystals.

The word crystal is recorded 5 times in the King James Version of the Holy Bible, once in the book of Job where it is likened to be not as valuable as wisdom and understanding (Job 28:12-18), once in Ezekiel where it is used in the description of the firmament stretched above the heads of the living creatures (Ezekiel 1:22) and three times in Revelation – first as the sea of glass (Revelation 4:6), then as the holy Jerusalem descending out of heaven from God (Revelation 21:11) and finally as the pure river of water of life proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb, Jesus Christ (Revelation 22:1). The Light Crystal

Crystals get their color and beauty in the way they bend (refract) light that is not reflected from its surface. They are usually singly refractive meaning that the light that enters the crystal is not divided into two rays or they are multi refractive means that light that enters the crystals are divided into two or more rays, often causing a beautiful prism effect.

This is our prayer today, that Sangeetha and I are singly refractive of the pure light of life that has entered into our lives and that we would be multi refractive of the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, that we hold in these earthly bodies (jars of clay), creating a beautiful prism effect on others, as The Light of the world, Jesus Christ, shines forth from our lives. Our prayer is that we are refractive crystals in God’s hands and we seek that same prayer from you.

Revelation 22:1 (KJV)
And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

2 Corinthians 4:6-7 (KJV)
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

Image Source: TEDCO

Revelation requires Reflection


Jesus revealed to us that he is The Light of the world and whoever follows him shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of Life (John 8:12). This revelation however requires us to respond by reflecting this light of Life, for Jesus also said, “You are the light of the world”, expecting us not to hide him, the light of Life. He commanded us to shine our light before men, in such a manner, that they may see our good works (of following him) and give glory to God, our Father who is in heaven.

Only those who believe in Jesus and who follow him shall have the light of Life (John 3:16; John 8:12). Jesus is the light of Life and our earthly bodies, which are mere jars of clay, has the hidden treasure of Jesus within us (2 Corinthians 4:6-7), only to be showcased and reflected out of our lives. The revelation of God’s expressed image in the person of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:3) ought to be reflected from and by us. Let us not hide Jesus under a bushel.
Also, note that when we shine the light of Jesus onto the world, those who are blinded by the devil (2 Corinthians 4:4) are not going to be pleased as their works of darkness (of sin) will be exposed, and many will resort to persecuting us, wanting us to hide the light of glorious gospel of Jesus Christ. Let us just consider such persecution/trials, pure joy for in the end it yields perfection/triumph (James 1:2-4) and continue to shine – Let us not hide Jesus under a bushel.

Points to ponder:
Are you a follower of Jesus Christ? Am I a follower of Jesus Christ? We ought to be (Ephesians 5:1). Only if we follow him, shall we have the Light of Life within us that we must reflect.
If you and I are followers of Jesus Christ, Are we reflecting the revelation of God in Jesus Christ (despite any persecution that results from reflecting Jesus Christ? Let us not hide Jesus under a bushel! He is not meant to be.

John 8:12 (KJV)
12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Matthew 5:14-16 (KJV)
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

2 Corinthians 4:6-7 (KJV)
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

Hebrews 1:3 (KJV)
Who [Jesus] being the brightness [shining light] of his [God’s] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high: