We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Will They See Jesus?

I once discovered something interesting in the gospel of Mark. Mark chapter 7 says of Jesus, “. . . he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden.”

When I’ve been around a lot of people, there are times I would like to be hidden as well. Yet I think that Scripture is teaching more than Jesus getting away for some rest and relaxation. The focus is that Jesus could not be hidden. You see, when the presence of God is near you and in you, it should be impossible for people not to see Jesus.

A few years ago my daughter was on an evangelism team in the city. She asked one man if he knew Jesus as his Savior. His answer? “No, but do you know Joe?” My daughter asked him, “Joe who?” He then gave the name of my best friend, Joe Johnson, a man in whose life Jesus cannot be hidden. Can you imagine? I think he was closer to knowing Jesus than he realized.

So what will people see in our lives today? Will they see our compassion, our humility, our kindness, our gentleness, our forgiveness, our repentance, or our praise? Will they see Jesus?

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