The Invisible Man

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

May 7, 2024

“The Invisible Man”          

One of the highlights of the week is that on every Wednesday morning, I get to go to the Middle School and pray with anywhere from 50 to 60+ students and faculty. We meet in the gym and it is almost comical to watch what happens as students enter and exit the building .As the students enter through the gym doors, I seen some teens from my church and others that I know from community events.         

These same teens who cut up with me at church and seem to enjoy my company at church just look right through me when I speak to them at school. Either they act like they don’t see or hear me, or they look away so as to not have to acknowledge that I am actually there and worst of all – speaking to them in front of their friends. To them, I am the invisible man. If they don’t acknowledge me then I must not be there.         

I have learned to not take it personally– it just goes with them being teens and my being the preacher. It is not even that I am the preacher as much as I am (To them) an uncool adult that they don’t want to admit that they know. I get it. I was a teen over 50 years ago and I am sure that I acted the same way when I was in middle school.         

Now I know that I am not Jesus but I do, in many ways, represent Jesus to them. Jesus said in Matthew 10:32, “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.” So for us to not acknowledge that we know Jesus and His people is to some extent denying Him. In I John 2:23 the scriptures also says, “Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.”  So this gets a little more serious.         

I understand that peer pressure and wanting to be “cool” in front of your friends happens in more than middle and high school. Some adults who act very holy on Sunday mornings at church will go off with their friends or coworkers and do and say things that a Christian should not do or say. It is called “fitting in with the world” and the Bible has a lot to say about condemning it as sin.         

The Bible reminds us in I John 4:15, “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.”  If Jesus is our Lord and Savior then He should be acknowledged ALL the time – not just when it is convenient. So be intentional about making Jesus the top priority in your life. It is more important what Jesus thinks about you here on Earth and then when you stand in judgment concerning going to Heaven one day than what the world thinks about you here and now.

Your friends, family, and others never died to pay the price for your sins. So, give glory, honor, and praise to the only one who did.  Make Jesus and your Brothers and Sister in the Lord very visible in your life.

In love with Jesus – Gary Mimbs

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