20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus. (John 12:20-22)
As I was looking for a picture to put here at the end of yesterday’s post, I started humming the gospel song, “You May Be the Only Bible Some May Ever Read.” Allowing his light to shine through our broken places and his love to spill out of our hearts is key to living so others can see Jesus in you and me. And what if our encounters are the only encounters they have with God?
People won’t be as formal in their request to see Jesus as they were with Phillip. They will watch for a long time. They want to see if what we say we believe will be consistently portrayed in our lives. They’re watching for inconsistencies and discrepancies.
But I think they want to see more. Oh, I’m not naive enough to think everyone will be hoping to see more, but there are those people out there, hungry for hope, who will be watching us. Instead of anticipating failure, they’re hoping to see that God can and does make a difference.
This is what we need to be showing. This is why the Greeks came to Jesus. They weren’t coming like the Pharisees hoping to trip or trick Jesus. These men knew Jesus had something and they wanted it.
Take care friend, you really may be the Living Word for someone today. How will they read your life?
3 thoughts on “Who Will They See?”
As a new Christian at 16 years old, I heard the idea that I might be the only Jesus others see. At first it frightened me – was I supposed to be perfect all the time? Now I realize that most people are hungry to be accepted and loved and for someone to give them hope. If I can do that, I will be showing them Jesus. I fall down on the job a lot but that’s my goal.
Sherry, the same way the Spirit translates our imperfect prayers, I believe he is able to do the same with our gifts of of hope and love. Your generous heart demonstrates clearly the Jesus they need to see. 🙂
I am in a midst of a storm losing hope, and I really needed this today than ever in my life. God definitely shows you what he wants to, at the right point of time. I am trying to share the Gospel but don’t know where to start from. Now I know.
Praise the Lord. God bless.