Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Invisible Becomes Visible

Things that are visible are brief and fleeting, while things that are invisible are everlasting.

I read this quote last night and it just made me stop for a moment and think. I mean, really think. Ever have one of those moments?

I began to consider the things we all seek after so desperately in life - not materially, because if we are honest we realize material stuff isn't that important. But I'm talking about the things that when we don't get them, we aren't just disappointed, we are devastated - emotionally, physically & spiritually.

I'm talking about the invisible things like love, acceptance, joy, fulfillment, purpose, peace, hope and relationships. Without these things, we can never feel satisfied, no matter how much money, no matter how much fame, no matter how much stuff we have.

Jesus left some pretty specific instructions to believers. He tells us to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, strength & mind and to love others as we love ourselves. He told us we were to serve, rather than to be served. He told us we should take care of the orphans and the widows. He told us to make disciples.

When we do these things (love, serve, care for and make disciples), we experience fulfillment and purpose. Our lives show love when we accept others for who they are without putting expectations on them. We experience the joy of seeing someone finding hope and we build relationships when we serve them. We also see others experience that same joy. It's a win win situation!

When someone truly cares and loves and serves others out of an overflow of that love, the invisible becomes visible. It's truly miraculous. Jesus' life on earth was the perfect example of things unseen coming into focus through a human life. When we allow His life to flow through us, we are able to accomplish things we never thought possible - and in the process, allow the invisible to become visible to others.

James 1:27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

Colossians 1:15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation.

1 comment:

Melanie said...

Good thoughts. I was reminded of the entry I read yesterday from My Utmost for His Highest on "The Discipline of Disillusionment."

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