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Timothy Griffin: Looking Up

Showing God

(Timothy Griffin)
February 25, 2013

looking_up.jpgWe live in a results-oriented world where people want to see something. As we go about and fulfill the great commission, one of our greatest tools should be our ability to show them something -- but not just anything, we can show them God.

However, it’s unfortunate that many Christians can’t show God, because they don’t know God. And in saying they don’t know God, I’m saying they don’t depend on him wholeheartedly or operate in a way that shows they believe He is who He says He is.

As Christians, we must believe that the God we see in the Bible who parted the Red Sea, who enlivened the womb of a 90-year-old woman, who put a ram in the bush is still on the throne. We must believe that God who came to earth in the form of man, walked among men, healed the lame, gave sight to the blind and cast out demons, died and rose again in three days, sits at the right hand of God. We must believe that the promised Holy Spirit of God truly does indwell, comfort, convict, teach and intercede for all Christians.

In essence, what God did throughout the Bible in his various persons, He is still doing today. The first four verses of Matthew 8 tell the story of Jesus cleansing a leper. Beginning in verse two it reads, “And behold a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean”. My friends, that’s the God we should be preaching. But unfortunately, many Christians show a picture of God’s power that looks more like “if You can, will You.”

We would do good to take the mentality of Blind Bartimaeus, seen in Mark 10:46-52. In reading through this passage, there is a small detail that takes place in verse 50 that we can’t miss. The verse says “And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus.”

I don’t know if it was cold, or not, but whatever, the case, I believe that the cloak was a needed piece of Bartimaeus’ wardrobe. But, we see he threw off his cloak and without hesitation went to Jesus. I believe the reason that Bartimaeus, a blind man, didn’t have a problem throwing off the cloak was because he knew that in a matter of seconds, he would be able to see where he laid it down.

What about you? Will your faith allow you to so readily and freely drop your cloak and run after Jesus?

As we share God with the world, we must share Him in a way that those we speak to believe that we believe who we say He is and that He always can when it’s His sovereign will.

Timothy Griffin serves as a Campus Pastor at Liberty University. The Campus Pastors Office exists to help produce students who have the highest standards of Christian conduct and Biblical principles so that they may reach people for Christ in whatever venue that the Lord may call them.