What it means to show Jesus to the world

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. – 2 Corinthians 5:20

J. Allan Petersen tells of a little boy who was consistently late coming home from school. His parents warned him one day that he must be home on time that afternoon, but nevertheless he arrived later than ever. So his mother met him at the door and said nothing.

At dinner that night, the boy looked at his plate. He had received a slice of bread and a glass of water. Then, he looked at his father’s full plate and then at his father, but his father remained silent. The boy was crushed.

The father waited for the full impact to sink in, then quietly took the boy’s plate and placed it in front of himself. He took his own plate of meat and potatoes, put it in front of the boy, and smiled at his son. When that boy grew to be a man, he said, “All my life I’ve known what God is like by what my father did that night.”

As a Christian, you may be the best picture of God others will see. And while we’ll never be perfect representations of a completely holy God, we can exemplify His attributes—like grace, love, joy, and peace—in our daily lives to a watching world.

While most non-believers may not pick up a Bible, they will see God in how we conduct ourselves. So live your life to reflect Jesus to a watching world!

Prayer Challenge

Pray that God would help you clearly reflect who He is to a watching world.

Questions for thought

Who are some people you’ve known over the course of your life who have reflected God’s attributes in a powerful way?

Who are some people in your life today who need to see Jesus in the way you live your life?