The Draw of Blessed Ones

“Thus says the Lord: I have returned to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, and the mountain of the Lord of hosts, the holy mountain… Behold, I will save my people from the east country and from the west country,  and I will bring them to dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in faithfulness and in righteousness… There shall be a sowing of peace. The vine shall give its fruit, and the ground shall give its produce, and the heavens shall give their dew. And I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. And as you have been a byword of cursing among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so will I save you, and you shall be a blessing. These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace; do not devise evil in your hearts against one another, and love no false oath, for all these things I hate, declares the Lord… Love truth and peace. Peoples shall yet come, even the inhabitants of many cities. The inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, ‘Let us go at once to entreat the favor of the Lord and to seek the Lord of hosts; I myself am going.’ Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of the Lord. Thus says the Lord of hosts: In those days ten men from the nations of every tongue shall take hold of the robe of a Jew, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’” Zechariah 8:3,7-8,12-13,16,19-23

Zechariah paints a beautiful picture of God’s restoration of His people in Zion, filling it with the rich colors of promises for gathering from far places, peace, fruitfulness, loving relationships all fulfilled. As He showers blessing on them, they shall be a blessing to others. Once His people are reestablished in His city, those from other cities will be drawn, attracted to the liveliness of God’s presence in their midst.

Can my life be characterized as a faithful city, a holy mountain? What does my salvation, my identification with God, produce? Has God in my midst brought forth fruit of faithfulness, righteousness, peace, the fresh dew of truth spoken and gracious attitudes toward others? Whom does my life attract to the great Redeemer?

Loving Savior, You have blessed me to be a blessing to others. May my life be an accurate and captivating portrait of You. Catch me up in the flow of all You are that my life bear rich fruit and, like a magnet, draw others to You.

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