Appealing to our Senses

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God uses a lot of sensory language to get our attention.

He appeals to our sense of taste by calling us the salt of the earth. What does this saltiness do? It comes into contact with others and becomes a part of their lives.
He appeals to our sense of sight by calling us the “light of the world” (Matthew 5;14) and a reflection of His glory, “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Cor 3:18).
He appeals to our sense of smell by calling us the “armoa of Christ” – “For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task?” (2 Cor 2:15).
He appeals to our sense of sound by calling Christ the “Word” (John 1:1,14).

1 John 1:1-3 is testimony from someone who walked and talked with Jesus. John said, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.”

When God really wanted to get our attention and make a difference in our lives He sent Jesus who we could see and touch and hear. If we are going to make a difference to others we also have to be seen and heard. Those we do well but we also have to be touchable and approachable. That is not always easy. Who in your life is in need of a loving touch from someone who has been with God? God has appealed to us in so many ways but the best way was through His Son. Now we are sent. We are to testify. We are to proclaim it. We are to be touchable because our lives are supposed to be very close to those we are trying to reach. God has appealed to us through the full range of human experience and now we are to go and do likewise in a vulnerable way toward those who are perishing.

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