Matthew 10:42 “And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you he shall not lose his reward.” (NASB)
We have a saying in my church Body. It is being “Him in skin”. What exactly does that mean? It means that wherever you go, you are Him to those around you. In the picture, this precious little girl is in a war zone, crying and frightened. The soldier is holding her, comforting her and giving her a cool drink of water. Looks like Jesus to me.
I’ve been thinking about what others have shared with me, and the Lord has been bringing to my remembrance things in my life as expressions of Him. I’m going to share a few with you:
~My daughter was at school and it was lunchtime. She felt inspired to go into the foyer where she found a new student sitting there upset. She had no lunch money and one set of clothes that were very old. Gabi bought her lunch and then took her to a nearby store and bought her some clothes.
~A young woman I know, MH, was inspired to text a fellow classmate. She didn’t know why until she did. She was able to encourage this young woman. MH told me about it and I told her that was the Lord inspiring her to do it!
~I crocheted a sea turtle baby blanket not knowing who it was for, but knowing it was for someone. It was for one of Gabi’s coworkers new grandson. BB and her son had spent many wonderful times at the beach together when he was growing up. They would watch the sea turtles together!
~On the way to an appointment, I stopped to buy a gallon of milk and dropped it off at my friend’s apartment. Her son was delighted! He said, “How did you know we needed milk?!” I told Him the Lord told me to get it for them.
~When I was living in another state, I was at church, sitting in the very back. Towards the end of the service I started to cry and couldn’t stop. I was trying to be quiet but couldn’t hold it in. People walked by, know my heart, I am not judging them, nor was I upset at them. There was one deacon who came and sat beside me and held my hand as I sobbed. I think he cried with me. He was the One…Him in skin.
~My husband has gotten up and said, “I’m going to so and so’s house.” He gets there and begins encouraging and helping them…right on time.
~A biker from our church shared Wednesday how the Lord will tell him, “Go here” or someone calls and asks if he can come because they need him. He goes and encourages and helps them.
I have more exciting encounters in my posts “Beyond the Natural” and “Listen”, as well as “Elena” to name a few.
He lives in us and wants us to be Him to hurting people. Him in skin.
Isaiah 50:4 The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of disciples, That I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple. (NASB)
Proverbs 25:11 Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances. (NASB)
Proverbs 25:25 Like cold water to a weary soul, So is good news from a distant land. (NASB)
Sometimes, being Him will be a cool drink, or a text or letter, arms to hold you as you cry, an encouraging word, food and clothing, a ride somewhere, or just a listening ear. Maybe it’s just a smile to brighten someone’s day, just to notice someone…yes, I see you and you’re important.
Acts 9:10-12 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Behold, here am I, Lord.” And the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay hands on him, so that he might regain his sight.” (NASB)
We all know he didn’t want to go at first because of Saul’s past, but the Lord told Ananias that Saul was chosen of Him. Saul needed help and he asked the Lord and the Lord sent Ananias.
Acts 16:9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night, a certain man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” (NASB)
Aristarchus needed help and the Lord sent Paul! (Acts 19:29, 27:2)
You think He won’t express through you? Jesus chose Judas, Peter, Thomas, and Saul (Paul) knowing Judas would betray Him, Peter would deny Him, Thomas would doubt Him, and Saul would persecute those in The Way. He chose you, and He chose me.
It’s Him that we must count on to be the One, not by conscious effort, but by allowing Him to flow through us. Jesus said that if you’ve seen Him, you’ve seen the Father. He lives in us and completes us. (Colossians 2:9,10) So Who should we look like? Him!
Colossians 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. (NASB)
So who should we look like? You and Him!