Monday, September 2, 2013

Do Others See Jesus In Me

September 2 – Do Others See Jesus in Me

O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you?
It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was
publicly portrayed as crucified.
                                        Galatians 3:1  

    My Bible commentary commented that the Apostle Paul believed his presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Galatians was so vivid that it was like seeing Christ for themselves—being eyewitnesses of the crucifixion—a speech in 3-D. Paul was not at the crucifixion of Christ yet He was capable of a living presentation of the gospel of Christ.

     There is no doubt that he had a life-changing experience on the road to Damascus when the light of God’s presence and the voice of our Lord caused Saul of Tarsus to fall to the ground and listen. Blinded by his experience, for three days he saw nothing, ate nothing and drank nothing. But God sent a man named Ananias to lay his hands on Saul, call him brother and allow Saul to be filled with the Holy Spirit and included in Christian fellowship. Saul the persecutor became Paul the Apostle.

     Paul’s presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ became so powerful that the Jews plotted to kill him. Although Paul, unlike the disciples, did not walk and talk face to face with Jesus, his life—forever altered by his encounter with Christ—became a powerful witness to the good news of the risen Savior.

     Looking at Christ, then Paul and then in the mirror forced me to ask myself some tough questions. Does my life reflect Christ? Is there anything about me that would make non-believers want to be a Christian? Is my life a 3-D representation of the good news of the gospel? Does my life tell the story of Christ? Do others see Jesus in me?

     I have a lot of work to do on me! I am glad that my Heavenly Father continues to mold and shape me. I want to be like soft new clay, but I fear there are times when I am more like stone, and He needs a chisel to chip away the unusable portions of my life.

     So for now I continue to pray Lord mold me, shape me, use me, and break me until I am the person whose life reflects Christ in a manner that will lead others to You.

     Will you join me as together we continue to look in the mirror and ask, “Do others see Jesus in me?”

©JP 2013

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