From your friends at Linwood United Methodist Church.
“Whatcha got?” asked grandpa.
“A pencil and some paper,” replied his favorite grandson.
“Whatcha making?” grandpa asked as he moved closer to the boy to see the image better.
“I am drawing a picture of God,” said the wee one.
“But, no one has ever seen God,” grandpa said softly.
“They will when I am done,” replied his precious grandchild.
This story, in all of its permutations, has been around a long time because it has a grain of truth to it. No one has ever seen God (1 John 4:12) and that verse has additional thoughts one can explore later. But the focus for this devotion is the child who took an abstract need and actively attempted to meet that need. The child did not worry about the complexity or the impossibility of drawing an image of God. He just knew that people needed to see God and used what he had at hand to the best of his ability to meet that need.
Making Jesus real to people, helping them meet and interact with Him is what Christians do. We give Jesus permission to use our hands and feet and anything else He wants to use in our spheres of influence. He doesn’t ask us to be successful; simply faithful. Laity and clergy all work under the same Commission (the Great one) and we all do what we can do with what we have at hand where we are just as the boy did, and as in the Scripture, Moses.
What is in your hand? Don’t be afraid to use it for God’s glory (Colossians 3:17).
Dear God, as a child I come to You asking that whatever I have in my hand, may I always and only use it for Your glory. In Jesus’ holy name I pray. Amen.
Pastor Bianca Elliott, PhD
Welcome to the Linwood United Methodist Church, Linwood, Kansas. We are so glad you stopped by.
We are a small, multi-generational church with loving people, a heart for God, and for our neighbors. We would be honored if you would stop by and worship with us any Sunday morning at 9:30 for a traditional service including classic hymns and a brief children’s sermon. We celebrate Holy Communion the first Sunday of every month. We hope you will stick around after the service and have juice and a snack with us. Other questions or concerns you have may be addressed in the “I’m New” tab.
God be with you.
Belliott at greatplainsumc.org
Office hours: Wednesday 9-10:30 am.