I Kings 10:1-13; II Chronicles 9:1-12 — How the world should see us

How do the people see you?  What do they hear about you?

Solomon is an example for us all, when it comes to this.  When people spoke of him, they spoke of his great wisdom.  So much so, that the queen of Sheba came to visit him and test him, to see if what she had heard was true.

And after she had visited with him, she said,

The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true.  But I did not believe these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealth you have far exceeded the report I heard. How happy your men must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom!  Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king, to maintain justice and righteousness.  (I Kings 10:6-9)

What did she see in Solomon?  She saw his wisdom of course.  She saw how God had blessed him.  But more than that, she saw God in Solomon.

And that’s what people should see in us.  God’s wisdom, his blessing, and God himself in us.  Would only other people say the same kind of things to us.

“I heard about you, and you are so much wiser and blessed than even I had heard.  How happy your family must be!  How happy the people at your office must be!  How happy the people in your church and neighborhood must be to have you in their lives.”

I’m not saying of course, that all people will love you even if you are the perfect Christian.  Jesus himself was perfect, but there were still people who hated him.  But for people who have open hearts to God, they should be attracted to him through you.  Are they?

Lord, I pray that I would be like Solomon was to the queen of Sheba.  That I would be salt and light to the people around me.  That I would be a blessing to the people around me.  That when they see me, they see your wisdom and blessing.  More than that, I pray that they would see you in me, and be attracted even more to you.  Change me where I need to be change.  May I become more like you every day.  In Jesus name, amen.


About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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