December 18

Today's ReadingObadiah 1; Revelation 9

Today's Thoughts: Jesus with Skin On

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. 
2 Corinthians 1:3-7

There is a story about a little girl who was being tucked in to bed by her mommy. The little girl was scared to be left alone and asked her mom to stay in the room with her. The mother kindly answered, "Honey, it's okay. Jesus is with you." The little girl said back, "But Mom, I need someone with skin on."

People need to see and feel Jesus through us. We have heard repeatedly that God loves us. However, sometimes, we do not sense that love. God does not use His arms to physically touch us because it is our spirit that responds and testifies to the love of God. But sometimes, others need to see Jesus and feel Jesus to accept His love. God does that by using us. Think of Moses when He was called by God in Exodus 3:7-10: 

"And the Lord said: "I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. Therefore, I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians. Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt."


God was saying to Moses that He was going to answer the Israelites' prayers by sending Moses to free them. Moses became "Jesus with skin on." He is asking us to do the same thing today.

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