If seeing is believing, how do those who’ve never heard about God come to believe? Christians should help others “see” God in all they say & do!
“He came! He came! Santa CAME!”
I sleepily brushed the hair from my pillow-creased face and stretched my limbs as I listened to my youngest sons’ jubilant squeals on Christmas morning!
“He must really be real because the stockings are full. Even Daddy’s has something in it! And there are things under the tree that weren’t there last night. Santa is REAL!”
I generally prefer to wake before my boys and quietly sip a cup of coffee before tackling my day but his sense of wonder gave me just the jolt I needed. I rolled out of bed with a grin as wide as Texas realizing my late night wrapping and arranging and stuffing had all been worth it.
My kids know Christmas isn’t really about Santa and even the little one understands on some level that he doesn’t deserve what’s under the tree (but He came anyway!). Whatever you believe about the big man in the red suit, there is something magical about a child’s delight over presents that seem to appear from nowhere.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, my kids have engaged in numerous heated philosophical discussions about the reality of good old Saint Nick. For the most part, they came to the conclusion that he couldn’t possibly be real. Their grasp of time, distance, and logic belies the tales in some of our favorite story books.
But all that changed when my 7-year-old crept downstairs under the cover of darkness while the rest of us were still dreaming of sugar plums and discovered presents under the tree.
Seeing is believing.
To him, those gifts were positive proof of Santa’s existence.
Remember Thomas, the one who doubted Christ’s resurrection? He needed to see to believe what others said about the resurrected Jesus. He wanted to not only see the risen Messiah but also to place his fingers in His wounds. Jesus returned to His disciples in the upper room again eight days later and welcomed Thomas to place his finger in the nail wounds on His hands and his hand in His spear pierced side. And then the doubts vanished and Thomas believed. (John 20)
But Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. (John 20:29)”
The human mind seems pre-disposed to require tangible evidence to support our beliefs.
Our faith, or belief, in Jesus is founded in hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:7). Yet for some, whose hearts are hardened, even hearing the Word of God is not enough to establish that saving faith.
As baptized believers, we have have been given spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11) we can use to serve His kingdom. This is one way we help others believe. When they see us use our gifts to serve and love others we will help them to believe the truth of the Gospel.
No one will get to place their hands in Jesus’ wounds until He returns to claim His rightful Kingdom. But by then it will be too late for those who don’t already believe.
Seeing our gifts in action may be just the proof others need to believe in the One who gave them to us.
Do you ever look for tangible evidence of God’s existence and love? Where do you find it most often? How can you show proof of His salvation to others?
Dear Father, Thank you for the greatest gift of all, Your Son, who by His blood declares us righteous in Your eyes, and for the Holy Spirit that follows our faith with spiritual gifts. Help me to use those gifts to point others toward You in a way that they cannot help but believe. In Jesus’ Most Holy and Precious Name, Amen.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others,
so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father.”
For more ideas for how to shine God’s light in this dark world or experience Him through the 5 senses, He gave us visit the following posts.
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