Be Seen in Me
How do you feel that God speaks to you? People experience His presence and feel Him move in their lives in different ways. Perhaps you feel closest to God when you are in nature or during times of silent reflection. During the busyness of life I find that I’m not as attentive as I should be, and the Lord needs to be persistent in repeating His messages. Sometimes He speaks to me through conversations, sermons, or artwork, but recently I feel that God has been using a particular song to speak to me. It’s the same song, in different versions, with a very powerful message.
Let the Beauty of Jesus was penned by the 6th General of The Salvation Army over 100 years ago. The truths found in this song are timeless and remind us of how we should strive to live our lives. Over the last few months, this song has spoken to me in three different forms. Natalie and John Hanchett have written a beautiful new melody using the original lyrics (Published in Salvation Worship), transMission have just released a recording of the song on their newest album, and another rewrite was recently submitted to the SAWM Song Search. This isn’t just a message that the Lord is trying to convey to me. He wants all of us to live in a way that reflects His love to a world that desperately needs it.
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me,
All His wonderful passion and purity,
O Thou Spirit divine, all my nature refine,
Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.
These are powerful lyrics. Lyrics that admit we are not perfect and recognize our need to be continually refined and shaped in Jesus’ image. They reference the passion that Jesus had for others and for Holiness. All important and prominent things we should strive for in our own lives. Asking for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in us is no small thing. It cannot be compartmentalized. Congregations should see the beauty of Jesus in us as we interact with them off the platform, not just when we lead them in worship. Our families should see Jesus in us in the way that we love others. I think the most important word in this chorus is the word passion. The wonderful passion of Jesus to see people come into relationship with God and experience grace in its fullness.
Sometimes, I may be slow to receive God’s messages and He needs to remind me over and over, but I am glad that He used this song to speak to me. I am glad that we haven’t forgotten the beautiful words penned by the leaders of our Army who were striving for Holiness. I am glad that we can find ways to refresh songs and write new melodies to meet worshippers where they find themselves. I am glad that I have a relationship with a God who is persistent with me and doesn’t give up when I don’t receive the message the first time.
I challenge you to think about how the beauty of Jesus can be seen in you.