Living The Difference, Day 3

April 01, 2011

We Would Like To See Jesus Now

John 12 20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the Feast. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.

Let’s imagine that Jesus was in town. Would your friends come to you and ask you if you could get them in to see Jesus? I mean that would mean that they not only think you know him, but that you are tight with him. I wonder how these men knew that the disciples were close enough to Jesus to get them an audience with Christ?

You know, I think these men are like a lot of your friends. They truly would like to see Jesus. They want love that he gives. They want the peace that comes from knowing that if they die they will have heaven. They even want to know that they are doing the right thing. They would sacrifice a lot if they could see Jesus up close and personal.

The problem is that Jesus lives in us. It’s true that he sits in heaven on his throne beside his father, but your friends cannot see him there. Even the friends that know Jesus will one day judge, well, they are a little afraid that Jesus may not like what he sees in them.

That is where you come in. You are his plan to tell them about Jesus. He lives in you, but if you do not live like Jesus, then they are left to think that either you are faking your relationship with him or that he is not real at all. It is pretty tough to be Jesus in front of your friends. It is what he has asked us to do though.

Thoughts: 1. Today, ask three of your best (and they need to be kind) friends if they can see Jesus living in you. If they say “no”, then you have a little work for yourself. 2. Think through the last twenty minutes of your life and write down things you did that either looked like Jesus or did not. 3. Commit to pray for the areas of your life that you know you need work on… patience, language, choices, honesty etc… for one entire month! 4. See if at the end of the month you have not seen improvement.

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