Do you suppose this world would be any different if people could actually see God? A pileup happens on the interstate. Nobody hurt, but plenty of people are steamed. They start yelling at each other. And then God appears; they all see Him: What changes? Or, how about Congress? All those high flying representatives, all vying for the top dog position, trying to out maneuver one another and show how powerful they are… and then they see God. Can you imagine? We can dream…
God plainly stated that He cannot be seen directly (Exodus 34:20). He is invisible (Colossians 1:15-16). But He has provided for people to see Him indirectly. You can’t see TV broadcasts directly; they are invisible. But you can see them indirectly, by running them through a TV set. In a similar way, God arranged for people to see Him indirectly by “running Himself through” something. What does He “run Himself through?”
You. Check it out:
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. (1 John 4:11-12 )
God loves us so that, as we extend His love to others, they will indirectly see Him. His love is completed in our expressions of love. When John says “His love is made complete in us” he means God’s love is brought to its full intended purpose and effect. You put batteries in your flashlight but their power is not “made complete” until you shine the light. God lavishes His love on us and that love is “made complete” when we extend that love to others.
Remember that the next time you are struggling to love someone. It matters when people see God.