Jesus walked down the beach past some laborers and said follow me. He wasn’t the boss, the owner or a relative but they dropped their tools and walked off the site. What could make twelve busy men forsake everything and follow Jesus? The Bible says “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). They saw His glory and were captured by it.
Someone asked “What has kept the heavenly hosts in adoration and submitted to God’s rule since the beginning of time? The answer: The resplendent beauty of God the King! The angels, who themselves burn with the reflection of God’s holy light, are intoxicated with the beauty of the Almighty. They continuously marvel at His majesty, splendour, and radiance. They are captivated by His glory.
If Jesus hasn’t fully captivated our heart yet, it simply means that we’ve not caught a glimpse of His infinite beauty. In the Song of Solomon, the romance centres around the bride’s vision of her Lovers face. Paul’s Pastoral theology was simple. The power to walk right is being able to see right. We are Christians not because we act in a certain way but because we have seen Someone. The Holy Spirit like a Divine optometrist has enabled us to see ourselves then focused our eyes on Jesus. Paul understood that our conversion and our whole Christian life requires revelation. All of his epistles began with an earnest prayer that revelation comes to the saints (Ephesians 1:17) so they might walk worthy (Ephesians 4.1). Blind Bartimaeus followed Jesus in the way as soon as he saw Him fully. God doesn’t give us more rules to follow but He enables us to see more of His glory.
But when we are not captivated by His beauty or we think that our beauty or wisdom matches His, we fall as Satan did. “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before Kings, That they might gaze at you” ( Ezekiel 28:17)
Friends, without sufficient sight of His radiant glory, stunning beauty, and incomprehensible love, we will live by duty, condemnation, fear, shame, or even ambition. Without any sight, we won’t live at all. Our greatest prayer for ourselves and those we love is that we may see Him more.