“You cannot see Love, you can only see its incarnations.” _Joseph Parker, Pulpit Legends: Prayers & Sermons from the City Pulpit
Love is an invisible and abstract concept by itself.
If you don’t believe me, try explaining what love is to someone who has never experienced it or to someone who has only experienced perverted and debased substitutes of it.
The only way love can be understood is when it is seen and experienced through someone’s words and deeds.
It’s as simple as a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie.
A child has no idea what love looks like but it can see love when it looks at a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie that was baked with love by a caring mother who loving prepared a batch of cookies when she’d have rather sat down and done nothing after a long and exhausting day.
String together enough of those loving moments and little by little love takes shapes and one day that child will understand what true love is—because she saw it “fleshed out” through her mom.
Faith is the same way; it is only an abstract and invisible concept until you see it lived out in the foxholes of life. A friendly discussion with some friend at your local coffee shop about faith can be entertaining and stimulating but has not more effect than the dissipating steam that rose from your coffee mug while you were having the discussion.
But the moment you practice your faith—choosing to obey and trust God even when the outcome is uncertain and the cost is high, then suddenly, people can see faith and understand.
- The ONE THING for today: Bottom line, most people are so focused on all the “stuff” around them that they never really see the eternal and invisible reality around them. One of the greatest contributions you and I can make today is to quietly and consistently show them the “real stuff” by our actions.
“Holy Spirit, please fill us afresh and anew with your love and presence so that people can see Jesus through us.”
2 Corinthians 4:18 (NKJV)
18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.