My four year old daughter loves to draw self-portraits. She makes a big circle in the middle of the page, which represents her body. Then, she attaches four lines to the circle, which signify her arms and legs. She puts small circles at the end of each line to form her hands and feet. Finally, she creates a tuft of scribbles on top of the circle to show that she, indeed, has hair. On special occasions, she’ll draw a big bow next to her self-portrait to represent the enormous collection of bows she has acquired.
Her portraits are very rudimentary and simplistic, but they do capture the basic elements of her person — body, limbs, hair, etc. Oh! And I forgot to mention that she always places a big smiley face on the egg-shaped body. She by all accounts is a happy and contented little girl!
When we first accept Jesus into our hearts and form a relationship with Him, our understanding of Him will be much like my daughter’s self-portrait. We won’t comprehend all the finer details of faith, but we will know for certain that we have been saved. As we grow in the Lord, our portraits of faith will become more sophisticated and detailed; however, the basic elements of faith will always remain: Jesus gave us His holiness, so we can have a right-standing with God even in our sinful state.
The problem arises when we try to explain the detailed depiction of Christ to non-Christians when they still can’t comprehend the most basic of design. How can unbelievers envision the shading of a cheekbone when they can’t see the face? Having theological debates with people who don’t know God is like witnessing in a foreign language. Nothing will make sense unless the spiritual language of belief is opened to them.
So before we make a stand about finer facets of our faith, we might want to make sure that our audience has grasped the foundation of faith: Jesus! Once they accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit can then use our words to lead them into a more intimate and vibrant relationship with Christ.
Questions: Who can you share the love of Jesus with today? How can you make a relationship with Jesus clearly visible and easy to understand to the people around you?
“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1.3 ESV).
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