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2017-09-13 / Columns

Wouldn’t He Show Through?

One Sunday as they drove home from church, a little girl turned to her mother and said, “Mommy, there’s something about the pastor’s message this morning that I don’t understand.”

The mother said, “Oh? What is it?”

The little girl replied, “Well, he said that God is bigger than we are. He said God is so big that He could hold the world in His hand. Is that true?”

The mother replied, “Yes, that’s true, honey.”

“But Mommy, he also said that God comes to live inside of us when we believe in Jesus as our Savior. Is that true, too?”

Again, the mother assured the little girl that what the pastor had said was true.

With a puzzled look on her face, the little girl then asked, “If God is bigger than us and He lives in us, wouldn’t He show through?” (1)

Good question: Wouldn’t He show through?

The world today is looking for something genuine, something authentic, a true representation of who God is.

So how does God show through us?

First, by the words we speak. Words, like medicine, are powerful capsules. When we speak words of hope and encouragement to others, God shows through us. When we speak words of negativity and discouragement, the brightness of God is dimmed. Ephesians 4:29 says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Let your words reflect God in you.

Second, by the attitudes we wear. Attitudes are like clothing on the inside of us. They go with us wherever we go. Colossians 3:12 says, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” When we inwardly clothe ourselves with positive attitudes, God shows through.

Third, by the deeds we do. This is all about action. It could involve taking a meal to someone, visiting a sick person in a hospital or helping someone financially. In Matthew 5:16 Jesus says, “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Good deeds reveal God’s goodness to others.

In closing, let God show through you today: by the words you speak, the attitudes you wear and the deeds you do!

(1) Illustration Source: Judith Hand, Sermon Central.

Larry Light is pastor at the New Hope Community Church, 607-865-5436.

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