Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the first born over all creation…For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in Jesus, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through Jesus’ blood shed on the cross. – Colossians 1:15, 19
We live by faith, not by sight. – 2 Corinthians 5:7
Let your light so shine before men [and women, boys and girls!], that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:16
We, who have put our faith in Jesus as Messiah, have put our trust in the Invisible. Not exactly a natural, practical or success-driven choice, is it? Nope. It goes against our more natural inclinations of let me see, hear, touch, taste and smell something to know that it’s real. It goes against our sense of practicality that tells us that we must do Step A, B and C in order to manage our lives. It goes against our need to be the one in control of our lives (and of the lives of all those around us!) in order to be successful in this life, in our work, in our family, in our fame and in our fate.
We, who have put our trust in the Invisible God through His Son Jesus – who died a cruel and ugly death for the forgiveness of our sins and who conquered the power of death fully through His resurrection – are called to trust in the Invisible, and do so visibly. Yes, although we are called to live by faith and not by sight, we are also called to let our light, given by the Light of the world, shine so radiantly that others will visibly see our good deeds. Visibly see that Jesus has made a very real, tangible, eternal, right here and now difference in our lives. The Invisible God intends to make Himself visible – make His love, grace, truth, peace and hope known – to others by how we visibly live our lives.
Yes, this is big job for us as God’s children. Remember, though, that all we need to visibly live out our trust in the Invisible God has all been given to us already through our God’s sovereign and intimate love, God’s ever-present Spirit and God’s eternal Word. Are you taking time to be filled up deeply in your own mind, body, spirit and soul to sense God’s invisible presence so that your burdens are lightened and your whole being is enlightened by the light of Jesus?
Do this, and you will not be able to hide the light of Jesus to those around you! You will love more sincerely, forgive more freely, speak more truthfully, act more kindly, show more mercy, help more willingly, offer your gifts more generously and fill those around you more fully with the hope that flows from the very heart of our Invisible God to visibly save and transform lives!
Trusting in the Invisible, visibly, is a grand and glorious call from our God and a heart-pumping, adventurous, powerful way to live!