Are you reproducing yourself and making disciples of Christ? Why not? In fact, what we really need to do is to make disciple-makers. The Christian life is not just about living a saved life but living a life that saves.
by Rev Joel Yong
Now at Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use his feet. He was crippled from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul speaking. And Paul, looking intently at him and seeing that he had faith to be made well, said in a loud voice, Stand upright on your feet. And he sprang up and began walking. And when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in Lycaonian, The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men! Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was at the entrance to the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates and wanted to offer sacrifice with the crowds.
It seems to be innate- within a man, that when he sees a miracle, he seeks to give worship to the miracle maker.
For the man does not perceive that there could be an unseen God working through a human as the channel.
What we can see, with our limited human sight, is what we end up believing.
That is why the people called Paul and Barnabas to be Hermes and Zeus- Greek gods manifest in their midst.
Of course, the apostles did not bathe in the glory heaped upon them. It frustrated them that the people could not see that it was God who had done this!
But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their garments and rushed out into the crowd, crying out, Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. In past generations he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness. Even with these words they scarcely restrained the people from offering sacrifice to them.
Friends, we cannot see God.
But we can see what He does.
The world lives – guided by its physical sight. Mankind coins phrases like “Seeing is believing.” And many reason that since they cannot see God- then He must not exist.
But human eyes are limited. There is much we cannot see. We only behold a limited spectrum of what light reveals. We can only see to a limited degree of magnification – therefore we are blind to thousands of microscopic organisms that surround us each day.
No wonder the Bible teaches us in 2 Corinthians 5:7 – “For we live by faith, not by sight.”
I often say to my son – to look at the trees, for if there is wind in the air- it’s not because we can see it, but it’s because we can see what the wind does.
And yes, we may not be able to see God but we can see what He is doing.