On Tuesday I wrote about this whole idea of what a sermon is. I didn’t completely answer the question. I really just gave my ideas on how the words of ministers should lead people to see Jesus clearly. Sermons should be windows, not walls.
It occurred to me that this isn’t just for ministers. My good friend Tim Patrick once told me that we’re all preachers, we just preach different things. Paul called us “living epistles,” meaning that we all sort of share a message with those around us. What is the message? Paul was pretty clear the message was Jesus.
2 Corinthians 4:10
10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.
I think that’s pretty central to our “sermons.” We walk around and let people “read” them by seeing Jesus through us. And what do they see? It’s the death of Jesus. He laid down his life for us so that we could live.
That takes a lot of love. Especially to do it for people who didn’t want his help, didn’t care about him, or didn’t love him back.
That love is a great challenge for us as we try to be windows and not walls.
When people see you, can they see Jesus?