When I was a sophomore in High School, my student pastor challenged us to live in such a way that others see Jesus, not us. He posed the question(s): “What if you are the only Jesus someone sees? What if you are the only Bible someone reads?”
This stuck with me through the years as the realization of how lost and broken our world truly is. God uses us to proclaim His love and goodness. We are truly called to be His ambassadors, walking billboards, so to speak, of the saving power of the gospel. The beauty is that even in seasons and times of struggle, God still shines through.
As Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 12:10, “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” Even when we are weak, He is strong in and through us. When we strive to be reconciled to God through the person of Jesus, we reflect His grace and loving-kindness toward a lost and broken world. May we live in such a way that even if we are the only glimpse of Jesus people see, they encounter the vast love and power of who God is.