by Kim Anthony
I know some people love reading, but I’m the type of guy who would rather watch the movie than read the book. I know the Lord of the Rings movies are long… but have you seen the books??
I guess a picture does tell a thousand words. I think we all understand this concept. I work in the engineering industry, and we produce drawings to build off. Even better, we now build 3D computer models of our designs. You can walk around the build vertically. Maybe a 3D model is worth ten thousand words.
What’s an experience worth? I could try to write down what it’s like to hold your newborn baby. But no picture, or 3D model, or any number of words can give you that intensity of emotion. Truth is, we are emotional beings, and our experiences colour our beliefs. No way of getting past it. We are not completely reasonable.
This is a handy fact to know when dealing with people. They will remember how you made them feel more so than what you tell them. So how do your kids feel about you? Your friends? Your partner? Your workmates?
There is an interesting passage at the end of the gospel of John, where Jesus asked his friend, Peter, “Do you love me?” There’s a big backstory behind this, but my point is that Peter did. There were many people who hated Jesus for political reasons. But anyone who was in direct contact with him couldn’t help but love him. They didn’t just hear great teaching and see great miracles – they felt something. I want to suggest it was love.
There is an open invitation to follow in Jesus’ footsteps… to experience his love and have others experience his love through you. You can hear people talk about him. You can read about him. You can even watch a movie about him. But when you experience him… that’s different.
“As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.” Matthew 4:18-20 NIV
Kim Anthony is the Pastor of Life&Legacy Church at Hillcrest. Visit lifeandlegacy.church for more ways to connect.