I saw her walk into the room and something seemed different. Even from a distance, I could tell she wasn’t the same as when I’d met her a year before. Something was different. Intrigued, I kept glancing over to see if I could figure out the difference. The year seemed to have taken a toll on her physically and she was having trouble getting around, but that wasn’t the change that caught my eye. No, something else was different…
I looked closer and saw she seemed more confident, more sure of herself, more expectant. She knew more people in the room, even choosing a seat in the middle of the room, rather than sitting in the back. I wondered what had happened with her over the past year to bring about such a change.
A year ago, she had come to the women’s conference at the urging a neighbor. She’d turned down numerous invitations to visit church with her neighbor, but had agreed to go to the conference. She’d never gone to church, hadn’t grown up around people who believed in God, and wasn’t sure what this faith thing was all about. She didn’t know anyone in the room except her neighbor and stayed close by her side all weekend. I could see she was uncomfortable, yet interested.
I was one of the speakers that weekend and she’d come over to talk at the end of the conference. She wanted to tell me her story. She wanted to know more and was full of questions. Talking to her that afternoon was one of the joys of my weekend. God had clearly touched her heart that weekend and the door to her soul had cracked open.
Now, a year later, I looked expectantly for her and wanted to hear what God had done in her life. She left before I could talk to her, but her neighbor found me. And, to quote Paul Harvey, now for the rest of the story…
The week after the conference the year before, she finally agreed to visit church with her neighbor for the first time and soon began attending regularly. Not too long after that, she gave her life to Christ and was baptized. She’d come to the conference this year with other friends she’d made at church.
So, that was the difference I noticed. She had Jesus in her life. She’d been baptized in His living water and filled with the Holy Spirit.
A visible difference. A visible faith.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deedsand glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16 NIV)
What if we could all wear our faith so visibly that people around us took notice and could see that something was different?
What if we could have the kind of visible faith that drew others in and encouraged them to seek God too?
What if we could have such a visible faith that it changed our hearts and attitudes and actions to give us more peace, strength, patience, compassion, and forgiveness?
What if this visible faith could help us face the trials of life with greater hope?
What if we could wear such a visible faith that the power of the Holy Spirit we received at our baptism was evident to everyone around us?
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For the next few months, I’m going to focus on this visible faith, looking at 12 essential elements we need in our lives for a faith that shines through. How can we keep connected to the Living Water of our baptism and keep our faith so fresh it’s visible?
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A Visible Faith
Preparing Our Hearts:
Growing Faith From the Inside:
- Finding God’s Strength Through Stillness
- Peace Through Confession
- The Gift of Forgiveness
- Grounded in God’s Word
Living Faith On The Outside:
- Stepping Out Into God’s Call
- Sharing Your Faith
- Guided By The Holy Spirit
- Go and Serve, Make Disciples