Painting a Picture of Jesus
“Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” - John 14:9
This past Sunday we had the absolute privilege of hearing from Rev. Debbie Evanovich, who along with her husband Bruce, have decided to make Canonsburg UP their home church in her retirement! I look forward to hear continuing to share her many gifts and talents with us as we continue welcoming people to grow in Jesus together!
During her sermon, she shared a story about a woman washing the feet of and buying socks and shoes for a poor boy who stood outside a storefront, longingly looking at and praying for shoes. After doing all this, the young boy looked up at this kind, compassionate and generous woman and asked, “Are you God’s wife?”
What struck me about that story is just how perfect of an example it is of how the kind, compassionate, generous work we do, points other people to Jesus.
It was Theresa of Avila who said,
“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”
It is humbling to think that we are the hands and feet of Christ. Even more humbling to realize that people’s pictures of who God is will be informed by us… but they will. They are. You and I are a picture of God, of Jesus, for the people around us. That’s always the way God intended it.
Jesus was the perfect picture of God for us.
We are the imperfect pictures of Jesus and God for others. Imperfect as we are, God chose to express his love for the world through us.
You have the ability to paint a beautiful picture of God by your kind, compassionate and generous actions toward others. Even in the simplest of ways - a smile, a hug, a word, a card. Little by little, stroke by delicate stroke, you’re painting that picture!
Thank you for Welcoming people to Grow in Jesus!