“Let Jesus Be Seen In 2018”
“Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me,
All His wonderful passion and purity;
O my Savior divine, All my being refine,
Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.”
This song was written by Albert Osborn. It conveys, to me, a great passage in the Bible found in Philippians, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:5). This thought isalso conveyed in Peter’s writings, when he wrote, “Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives” (1 Pet. 3:1). If we want the world to see Jesus, it must be done by our lives.
Let the love of Jesus be seen in 2018. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). Jesus loved us so much that he left the portals of heaven, suffered the death of the cross so that we can be saved. John expressed it like this, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Let the love of Jesus be seen in 2018 in our lives. It is seen by our attitude toward others.
Let the works of Jesus be seen in 2018. “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him” (Acts 10:38). This is how Peter described Jesus to Cornelius. The works of Jesus can be seen in us by our going about doing good. Remember the picture of the judgment? “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me” (Matt. 25:35-36). The works of Jesus were seen in those who entered into the joy of the Lord.
Let the compassion of Jesus be seen in 2018. We see the compassion of Jesus in the following verses, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:28-30). Can we draw folks to us by our compassion? The shortest verse in the Bible says, “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). Do we weep with those who weep? When there is death, sickness or discouragement in the lives of people, do they see our compassion?
Let the obedience of Jesus be seen in 2018. “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered” (Heb. 5:8). If Jesus is to be seen in 2018, it will be seen in my obedience to him.
Let Jesus be seen in 2018!