This whole concept came to me after Vacation Bible School 2018. I worked in the preschool crafts, but I still got a feel of what they were discussing in their Bible study class. The memory verse that everyone said each morning was Colossians 1: 15-16, which says, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” That verse right there shows us that we have an invisible God that is making things visible.
In the Old Testament, God worked invisibly, meaning, you never saw Him. After sin entered the world, God was separate from people. We’re not perfect, but He is. So because of that, He’s set apart from us. We are nowhere near His perfection, and He is definitely not even close to our imperfection. So getting back on track, in the Old Testament we saw the invisible God make things visible. For example, God parted the Red Sea. This invisible God, that no one saw, parted the sea. Another example is the burning bush. Moses sees a bush burning, and then he hears God speaking to him. We don't see God, but we see the effects of Him.
Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self- Control. These are the Fruits of the Spirit. You may of heard that these characteristics are what we are trying to reach, but honestly, we will never achieve them. Let that soak in. You can’t do it. We’re broken. We’re imperfect. Why do we try to even reach these unrealistic standards anyway? The Fruit of the Spirit are not the Fruit of Emilee Boster or even the Fruit of whoever you are. They are the characteristics of God that we can not achieve and portray without God.
The saying for VBS was, “Searching the visible, discovering the invisible,” but right now I'm going to switch it up and say, “Searching the invisible, discovering the visible.” When we have the invisible Spirit, we can take that love, joy, and peace that the Spirit brings us, and make it visible. Our invisible God has invisible characteristics, that we can't see, but when we portray them visible stuff starts happening. The world starts changing.
So I focused on the Old Testament, but what about the New Testament? What's the difference anyway? The one main thing that distinguishes the Old from the New is Jesus. The New Testament is so different, because our invisible God gave us a visible Son.
How do we connect this whole Invisible Turns Visible principle with us? When you accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord, something different begins to guide your life, the Holy Spirit. It may seem old, ancient, and really “religious” but let me tell you, with the Spirit guiding your life, you’re going to have a better one. You’ll want to have joy, peace, and patience. You’ll actually have access to the One who is all JOY and PEACE. When we search the invisible Spirit, we discover our visible purpose. We find out why we’re living. Search the invisible, discover the visible.
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