Summary: This sermon is based on a song by "4-Him" and encourages Christians to make the invisible God visible in their lives.
“VISIBLE” 1 Tim. 1:15-17
INTRO – Is the invisible God visible in your life? If He isn’t, what is in your life that is causing Him to not be visible?
- Is there unconfessed sin there?
- Is there fear of failure there?
- Is there a lack of commitment and dedication?
- Is there apathy?
- Is there a lack of understanding of what needs to be in your life so that He can be visible?
The world is tired of seeing people who claim to love God, but their lives say they love the devil. The church and the cause of Christ has taken so many hits, suffered so much ridicule, been dragged through the mud so many times by so many who have not made the invisible God visible in their lives. There are so many – so many – who are like the people that Jesus was talking to and about in Luke 6:46 when He said, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”
There are so many people in our world who need to see the reality of God in our lives. They need to see and know and touch people who are truly living the Christian life and not just going through the motions. They need to see that God is real; that His love is truly unending; that His grace is truly amazing. God needs to be clearly visible in our lives.
And while they do need to hear the Gospel preached and proclaimed – “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear w/out someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’” (Ro. 10:14-15) – they need to see the Gospel at work in someone’s life.
- They need to see someone who is stepping outside the box, living outside the lines, breaking the mold and some of the rules.
- They need to know someone who has been changed by the living, invisible God, and who is still in the process of being changed, someone who has a holy dissatisfaction w/ their walk w/ Christ, someone who knows they have not arrived yet, but is still straining, striving, and deeply desiring more of God in their lives.
- They need to encounter someone whose Christian life means more to them than just having their name on a church roll (which has nothing to do w/ eternal life and heaven).
- They need to touch someone whose passion for Christ causes them to truly sacrifice ordinary comforts, someone whose passion for Christ causes them to be so unsatisfied w/ the status quo, someone who truly takes seriously Christ’s claim on his/her life and is denying self daily, taking up their cross (the implement of death and sacrifice), and following Him.
- They need to know someone who is wholly devoted to Christ and His Church, who is joyfully serving Him, zealously worshipping Him, and anxiously awaiting His return.
- They need to see and know someone who loves God passionately and worships Him w/ a reckless abandonment, unconcerned about what others think or say, but simply desiring to have the heart of the David when he said, “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in your sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. B/c your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as w/ the richest of foods; w/ singing lips my mouth will praise you.” (Ps. 63:1-5)
- They need to experience what it is like to be a part of a church that is truly seeking God, willing to truly do “whatever it takes” to share the Gospel w/ the lost; willing to do whatever it takes to preserve and protect the unity of the Body; willing to do whatever it takes to minister to those who have been crushed by life’s pressures and pain; a church that is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure that every one of its members have the privilege of serving God w/ their gifts; a church where there are no hidden agendas, no power struggles, no selfish pursuits, no territorialism; a church that keeps its doctrine centered on the Word of God, strong and unchanging, but is willing to change anything and everything else for the sake of the Kingdom of God if that is what it takes; a church that has a God-given vision for taking the Gospel to all nations, beginning in its own backyard; a church that walks by faith and not by sight.