BASED ON A MESSAGE FROM ELIZA DOOLITTLE
In the words of Eliza Doolittle to Freddie in ‘Show Me’ from the musical, ‘My Fair Lady’ :-
Don’t talk of stars burning above
If you’re in love, show me!
Tell me no dreams filled with desire
If you’re on fire, show me!
Sing me no song, read me no rhyme
Don’t waste my time, show me!
Please don’t implore, beg or beseech
Don’t make a speech, show me!
SHOW and TELL!
Jesus said “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many
“I only believe what I can see” said the young man, as we stood together in the queue for a burger at one of our outreach BBQ’s in Town Hall Square, Leicester.
“Show me God” was his challenge.
“Show me love” I responded.
“I can’t” he said.
“So you don’t believe in love then?” I asked.
“Well — yes, I do” he replied.
I explained that love is expressed in words and actions and that many who were serving, talking and praying with people that day, had paid for the food, taken unpaid leave, or forfeited their annual holidays, to offer free food and to share God’s love in a tangible way.
This practical expression of love clearly hit the mark!
He was disarmed by love and a meaningful conversation followed!
I don’t know whether the young man followed Jesus from that day – but he definitely met Jesus that day – in every smile, every conversation, every act of service and every expression of kindness.
Jesus said “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” Mark 10:45
I am always struck by Luke’s introduction to Acts —
“In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to DO and TEACH”. Acts 1:1. — The ‘DOING’ preceded the ‘TEACHING’.
SHOW AND TELL!
Actions Provoke Questions
Tell them about Jesus when the opportunity arises!
Even people who hate our message and therefore hate us, have to acknowledge God in the light of godly actions:-
‘Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats. Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ’. 1 Peter 3:13-16
Jesus said, “Let your light shine before men that they may see your GOOD DEEDS and glorify your Father in heaven”.
There is so much good being done by Christians right now so – rather than curse the darkness, lets turn up the light even more!
This is the first of a two part Reflection. Read Part 2: Sharing Our Brokenness To Help The Broken – A Welsh Drug Addict, Loved Into A Power Encounter With Jesus
Reflections is written by Ian Jones