In his book, Prayer: Does it Make Any Difference, Philip Yancey told the story of a young woman who visited daily a violent prison in South Africa. Her purpose was minister and share God’s love. Said Yancey, “her efforts there have shown remarkable results in calming the violence, twice prompting the BBC to produce a documentary on her.” Speaking to Yancey himself about her work, Joanna said simply, “God was already present in the prison, I just had to make him visible.”
Indeed, God is present everywhere, but how visible is He in our lives? Better yet, how are we making God visible? I am reminded of these beautiful words from Jesus, “I am giving you a new commandment: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you should love one another. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples! - JOHN 13:34-35.
So one of the answers to the question of how to make God visible is to love one another. Specifically, we are to lavish upon each other the very love that Christ lavished upon us - a love that was willing to do what Jesus did; give his life for his friends. Easy peasy, right? No, not really.
Genuine Jesus love is often difficult, messy and even costly. But Jesus’ love is so powerful and beautiful and so distinguishable from anything else in the world that it is easily seen for what it is: miraculous! Let us determine to “make God visible” in Denton by being a church full of Jesus' love!!