It’s impossible! That can’t be done! We’ve all heard this or said this at one time or another about things that don’t make logical sense to our brains. We hear and say things like, “seeing is believing” or “I’ll believe it when I see it!” Our practical minds win that battle much of the time. This is why people don’t succeed in their endeavors. They don’t see themselves at the finish line when it’s all said and done. Lack of belief is also why you may see a sports team with massive amounts of talent end up with a losing season. Most would agree that you’ve got to believe something’s possible before it actually comes to fruition. It’s much easier to follow an example if you believe that you can perform at that same level. Our belief level rises when we watch someone of about our same ability model the behavior we wish to imitate or duplicate.
I was listening to a video devotion from Rock Point Church, and I can’t stop thinking about his example. Basically, he was talking about someone with a tangled up slinky that this person wanted untangled. Normally he would just recommend that they throw the slinky away and get a new one that’s not tangled up. He didn’t think it was realistic to expect anyone to untangle a slinky. But then he witnessed someone patiently and methodically untangle it until it was back intact. He was totally mesmerized by this! Before he saw it with his own eyes, he didn’t think this could be done.
One more illustration comes to mind. No one had run a mile in under four minutes prior to 1954. Prior to that time, it was widely thought as humanly impossible to do. It was also thought that it may be dangerous for the human body to run that fast. Many had come close but had not broken that barrier. Then, in May of 1954, Roger Bannister ran the mile in 3:59.4. Since then, several have accomplished this same thing. It is now the standard for all male athletes in the sport of running, according to Wikipedia. Once it was believed that it could be done, runners started making this their goal. Now, even prolific high school runners achieve this.
All this got me thinking about how important it is that people see us living out the gospel – in our home, in our churches, when we go to the grocery store, whatever. Colossians 3:17 tells us to do whatever we do, whether in word or deed, in the name of Jesus. In Colossians 3:23 , Paul goes on to say that we should do whatever we do as if we’re doing it for The Lord. Ecclesiastes 9:10 says that we should do whatever we do with all of our might. 2 Corinthians 5:20 tells us that we are Christ’s ambassadors. These are just a few. The list goes on.
It’s clear throughout scripture that we are to live our lives deliberately and intentionally as Christ’s witnesses. If we call ourselves Christ-followers, we are witnesses for Him. We’re either good witnesses or not-so-good witnesses. People need to see our positive example and our trust in Him. Just like the Michael W. Smith song states, we may be the only Jesus that some people ever see. The way we live our lives in front of others is important. Jesus taught us the way we should live when He was here among us. Seeing that we, although imperfect, can live for Him can give someone else the belief that they can, too.