“The sunrise, of course, doesn’t care if we watch it or not. It will keep on being beautiful, even if no one bothers to look at it. It illuminates and blesses our lives, expecting nothing in return.” – Gene Amole
Oklahoma Christian College was an enjoyable experience for me in 1973. I entered as an anxious freshman and made it my home for the next five years. Reminiscing, I think of a statement that was made by Bob Smith during a chapel service: “No one really sees the real story of the gospel or the great drama of Christianity until one sees it from the inside. It is like stained glass windows. One cannot get an idea of the beauty of the windows by standing on the outside looking at them. From the street, they look dull. Only from the inside do the marvels show up in all their beauty. The same thing is true of Christianity. We never see its wonder until we see it from the inside.”
Even though I do not have stained glass windows in my home, I have learned a wonderful lesson from this illustration. As most people pass by my house, they have no knowledge of my purpose, nor do they know that I am concerned for them (Romans 10:1-15). I cannot expect them to become faithful believers in Jesus simply because I’m a Christian.
My concern for them can only be communicated when I get involved with them (Matthew 5:14-16). When’s the last time you’ve had a heart-to-heart talk with your neighbor? When’s the last time you’ve invited someone into your home for a meal? Have you shared your story? Christian, are you up for the task?
“Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me,
All His wonderful passion and purity;
May His spirit divine all my being refine,
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.” Albert Orsbom