Do Others See Jesus In You?

Tuesday’s Truth is a free weekly devotional shared by Rev. Gary Mimbs

June 18, 2024

Do Others See Jesus In You?

       I was out visiting a family who attends our church. The grandparents were keeping a 4-year-old while Mom was working. When I came to the door the little girl ran and saw me and she announced, “Oh boy, Jesus is here.”  I tried to tell her 3 or 4 times that I wasn’t Jesus but that I knew Him really well. She called me Jesus throughout the whole visit.

       On one side I was glad that she associated me with Jesus and with the church. But on the other side, I wanted her to know fully about Jesus and that I wasn’t Him. I want to live my life in such a way as to allow Jesus to shine through me. I want to be Christ-like and share His love with everyone that I meet. But if this child or anyone else mistakes me for Jesus they miss knowing the real Jesus.

       When Jesus was here on Earth, He asked His disciples who did men say that He was. They gave answers that the people were saying that He was John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. But then He asked the tough question that we all must answer – “But whom do YOU say that I am?” That question cuts deep into our belief and faith in Jesus. He was really asking them (And us) do you really know who I am enough to believe in me and trust me for salvation?

       I read the other day of the hundreds of people who have claimed to be the Messiah. Of course, they were all wrong. Jesus said that HE was the only way to Heaven. Some people would not say it out loud but they consider themselves as good as Jesus. Gasp! What do you mean, Pastor Gary, that people consider themselves as good as Jesus? I am glad that you asked.

       Anyone who lives their life with the belief that if the goodness they do here on Earth outweighs the badness for them to go to Heaven, then they think that they don’t need the forgiveness of Jesus. The problem with that is that it only takes one unconfessed sin to send us to Hell. Jesus is the only sinless one so His sacrifice for sin is the only one that is sufficient.

       Others think that they can live their lives as they please under the umbrella of they don’t believe in God, Jesus, Heaven, or Hell, and that since no one is keeping score they don’t have to worry about any of that “religious” stuff. This group will be greatly surprised when they die and there IS a real God, Jesus. Heaven and Hell and they ARE going to be judged and punished for all eternity.

       Another group that doesn’t know Jesus is those people who walk an aisle in a church somewhere and say a prayer and accept Jesus and they think that is all that they need to go to Heaven. They know ABOUT Jesus but they don’t know Him as their personal Lord and Savior. When they get to judgment and tell of all the good things that they have done Jesus will say, “Depart from me because I never knew you” Why? Because there was never a relationship with Jesus.

       Along with this group are those who maybe walked an aisle in a church somewhere and prayed a prayer are those who think that they can not lose their salvation. They get “saved” and then they continue to live like Hell and the devil. There is no fruit of salvation, no repentance of sin.

To them, they have an insurance policy to keep from going to Hell because someone told them that they couldn’t ever lose their salvation. Jesus and others in the Bible said that you must trust and believe in Jesus but that you must REPENT also of your sins. There is no such thing as a “sinning saint” If you are living habitually in sin then you can’t have a relationship with Jesus and you don’t possess the Holiness and righteousness that Jesus requires to be in a relationship with Him.

Has anyone lately accused you of being Jesus or at least a Christ-like follower of Him? If not, why not? Maybe if people can’t see Jesus shining through you it is because He isn’t there. 

In Love with Jesus – Gary Mimbs

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