August 12, 2018

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: Seeing is...

If an "artist" spoke of their amazing skill, boasted about their breathtaking body of work, and pontificated about their grandiose ideas for future projects,  but never showed proof of artistic might question it.  They say seeing is believing, and that is understandable in the visual arts.  We are...well...visual.  Though many of us have amazing imaginations, we still prefer to see with our own eyes ..opposed to have someone just explain things to us.  There is a power in seeing that carries tremendous weight.  I could speak to my students about art, and they'd probably think I knew what I was talking about (for the most part) & sort of understand what I was sharing with them.  However, if I do a demonstration for my students...they are ALL IN! Seeing the words/explanation in action has power. Seeing is believing.

Dear children, let us not love with 
words or speech but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:18

I have "heard" a lot of believers over the years talk about God.  I've heard a lot of great sermons.  I've read a lot of great books.  I've listened to hours and hours of amazing music that is based on biblical truth.
These words mean little if they do not move me to action.  These words are beautiful & can pull at my heartstrings, but if they do not pull me from the comforts of my home into service of the King...they mean nothing.  What our world needs now is not our words, but our actions that founded in the truth of God's word....the truth of God's love!  We need to move beyond simply saying we will "pray"...and find a way to be Jesus to that person/family/community.  We need to ask the Lord how we can meet the needs of those we come in contact.  Can we be ears to listen, hands to hold, arms to hug, a wallet to give, muscles to move...and a host of other ways we can practically be the gospel lived out?  How would the world respond if we did what we said we believed?  Would they be ALL IN if they saw Jesus lived out?  Seeing is believing!  Who will see Jesus in you today?

1 comment:

  1. Yes it takes going outside my comfort zone of home and what's within, out into the world of secular craziness, for the real work of the gospel message of hope and faith in Jesus. I rely on Him for this work. Even as it means showing a smile and outwardly positive attitude throughout the day. Thanks for your reminders!