If Jesus was standing before you, would you recognize Him? Songs have been written about this and sermons have been preached, but do you regularly consider this question? As Christians, shouldn’t we?
At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. “Woman,” he said, “why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” Jesus said, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). John 20:14-16
Do you believe that God sends people to you and you to people? I do. Of course, not everyone who cross my path I believe is of God, but when I am aware of its occurrence I pay special attention.
I can’t help but to think about all of the prophets God sent before He sent His Son. I think about how so many people, particularly people professing to believe in God, did not recognize them. As a result, they were opposed to the message the prophets brought and to the work they did. The people countered the God they said they served. Isn’t that interesting? What a scary thought!
Have you ever wondered if you have acted in opposition to someone God has sent? Have you ever been that person who was sent? Do you think such resistance is because people, particularly fellow Christians, do not recognize God in the situation before them? Do you think people have stopped believing that God sends people to do divine assignments outside of sanctuaries? Do you think they ever believed?
Like Mary Magdalene, there are times when I do not expect to see God, so I may need to take a second look. Titles and suits, smiles and charisma can be misleading. Following trend can leave you watching Noah and his family sailing away. I am growing more conscious, however, about identifying who is standing before me. I am listening to hear the voice–His voice of which I will know. What about you?