do you see?

by Pastor Mark Jordan

I read a quote the other day that really struck me: “Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.” That was said by Robert Bresson, who was a French painter and filmmaker. I think you can see how this is applicable for an artist, but how about for the church? Do I have your attention?

The Apostle Paul wrote, “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15a, NLT). I love how these two concepts come together. Jesus laid the foundation for this in John 14:9 as He told Phillip, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father!” It’s clear that Jesus came to show us the way to God, as well as the ways of God. By making the invisible visible, we are able to see that which is unseen. This, of course, requires faith, which is the evidence of things unseen (Hebrews 11:1). Once we are able to see, then we also find a responsibility to help make it visible to others. Enter the church.

In Colossians 1:18, we see how Christ is the head of the Church, and the Church becomes Jesus’ body at work in the world. This means that as we come together to serve God by serving others; share in God’s love; and shine God’s light to all of creation, we are fulfilling the role and responsibility of helping make visible the things that might never have been seen. I love that! Do you see?

I want to leave you today with the Prayer of Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), who helped make clear to me part of my role in Jesus’ Church, and therefore in the world. May it inspire and challenge you, too!

“Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. All things pass.
God does not change. Patience achieves everything.
Whoever has God lacks nothing. God alone suffices.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours; no hands but yours; no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ must look out on the world. Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good.
Yours are the hands with which He is to bless His people.”

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for Jesus, and how He helps me see your ways as the way to you. I want my life to help point others to your work of grace and mercy. I see your work in the world, and want others to see it, too. I pray in the name of Jesus; amen.

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