Drawn to Christ
…the residents of one city will go to another, saying: Let’s go at once to plead for the Lord’s favor and to seek the Lord of Hosts. I am also going. Many peoples and strong nations will come to seek the Lord of Hosts in Jerusalem and to plead for the Lord’s favor.” The Lord of Hosts says this: “In those days, 10 men from nations of every language will grab the robe of a Jewish man tightly, urging: Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.” Zechariah 8:21-23 There is something in the life of the people of God that becomes attractive that others can’t help but notice. When God fill our lives with His presence through the Holy Spirit, His power is manifested. The change that God does within become obvious. This is what Zechariah was telling the people of God from the text. God’s presence in the lives of those who trust Him makes a difference. Their faith and sincerity as they walk closely with God promote the idea that God blesses the lives of those who follow Him. When we allow God to rule our life, He will change us and make our life a blessing to others. He wanted this to be shown so that others too will seek His rule in their lives. The ultimate goal of God is to establish His reign and His kingdom. “On that day Yahweh will become King over all the earth—Yahweh alone, and His name alone” (Zechariah 14:9). He does this through those who already made God the Lord and Savior of their lives. “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9). Our lives are meant to be a reflection of God’s presence and working. It should not be lived out in isolation for He wants us to make a positive influence to the lives of others. “…let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). The more we draw our lives to Christ, the more His presence becomes evident in the way we live.
Noel De Guzman