And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men (Acts 14:11 KJV)
Paul and Barnabas performed a remarkable miracle in a city called Lystra. Paul spoke to a man who was lame from birth, and the man stood up in plain view of the entire community. The people could not handle what they saw. They said, “the gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.”
What made these people say such words? The miracle itself was outstanding. But there is more. Paul did not lay his hands or anoint this man with oil. These people might have seen their sorcerers perform enchantments. However, Paul stood before all of them and spoke to this man, and the man got up. This is not just the supernatural, but a demonstration of the operation of God Himself. He speaks to get things done.
These people were blindly speaking a profound truth though with an idolatrous mind. What they said is a summary of God’s divine purpose for creation. God has come down to the earth and is living on the earth in and through men. God is on earth today as His people. This is God’s purpose in your life. You are called to be a living manifestation of God. He is not just asking you to be a disciple to imitate what Jesus did. He is actually immersed in your being and living in you and through you as you on the earth! Praise the Lord for bringing us into His glory!
Did you notice the word “saw” in the verse above? This is crucial. They saw Paul but it was not Paul they saw but God manifesting in Paul. They saw the glory in Paul! Declare that “I am a visible manifestation of the invisible God!”
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Be conscious of God’s ultimate purpose in your life. God has called you to be a living manifestation of Himself to the world around you. Grow to sonship and reveal His glory!
Thank the Father for calling you into His glory.