When we first started going to our new church, we joined a Sunday morning small group. We didn’t really check out all the small groups they offered. We, or should I say I, picked that one because it was in the same room our Wednesday night small group was in, and I like things to be the same. I’m comfortable in ‘same’ places.
I’m thankful that my OCD-like qualities led us back to that room, because it was a perfect fit, and they are like family now.
Anyway, we hadn’t been going there long at all, when one Sunday we walked in and there was a huge painting of Jesus. It normally wasn’t in there, so everyone was making a fuss, talking about how good it was, who painted it, yada, yada, yada.
My husband Steve, is a pretty quiet person, but he can pop off the funniest things. In the midst of all the chatter about the picture of Jesus, Steve says, with a completely straight face. “Who is that anyway?” The few who heard him had the funniest looks on their faces. I mean who doesn’t recognize a picture of Jesus?! You could never had walked into a church a day in your life and recognize a picture of Jesus!
If memory serves me correctly, someone said, “Um, Jesus?” Then Steve said, “Oh, I thought it was Barry Gibb.” I laughed SO hard! As did anyone else involved in the conversation.
That was hilarious! And while its true, that just about anyone could probably recognize a picture of Jesus, there are so many who don’t know him. I see people all the time that I recognize, but that I don’t know.
Here’s what we, as Christians, are required to do. We are to live our lives in such a way, that when people see us, they see Jesus!
Live in a way that other people want what you have. Instead of putting people down, or pointing out their sins, how about just loving on them? We are all broken vessels. Let God shine through your brokenness! And be especially kind to anyone who might really think the painting of Jesus is Barry Gibb.
In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. Matthew 5:16