Finding Jesus

July 8, 2012 | Hannah Fountain

“Can anybody show me the real Jesus?  Let your love unveil the glory, the real Jesus...”

I first heard the above lyrics my first summer in Yellowstone. “The Real Jesus” performed by Downhere (2006) immediately found its place in my “Yellow Mix” (Get it? Yellowstone?) and is forever stuck in my song collection - burned on CDs, and downloaded on the iPod. I love it. It gives me chill bumps when I listen to it. And I always hit repeat. It makes me laugh. It makes me think. It makes me want to do something.

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Because every person on the planet needs to see Jesus. The real Jesus. The Jesus who loves them. And they need to see Him in me. And in you. In everything we do. At every place we work. We can't let Jesus be a mystery.

Daniel 6:3-4 says, “Daniel soon proved himself more capable than all the other administrators and high officers. Because of Daniel's great ability, the king made plans to place him over the entire empire. Then the other administrators and high officers began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling government affairs, but they couldn't find anything to criticize or condemn. He was faithful, always responsible, and completely trustworthy.”

Just as Daniel worked, so too should we. Daniel worked for the king, but through everything worshiped and served God. Daniel's devotion to God was foremost in his life, and because of that his career prospered. In everything he did, Christ was reflected. Others were unable to find fault in his actions. Eventually, Daniel's devotion to God changed an entire kingdom (Daniel 6:26-28).

Saying Goodbye to Friends

Working in a cafe is not a glamorous job. There is no king and no empire, only a manager and a kitchen. The hours are long. The pay is minimal. For many of us, it is a summer job, which can make trying your absolute best somewhat hard. Regardless of the difficulties, however, we must work as Daniel did. Working our absolute best so that through everything God is glorified. We must work hard, not for our own benefit, but for the benefit of everyone around us.  Because when I work, people need to see more than someone working a summer job. They need to see Jesus. In every single thing I do and say.

They need to see Jesus. The real Jesus.

"The most important thing that I learned this summer was to project the imago dei and to recognize it in others and embrace them for who they are."
– Brett, Princeton Theology Seminary 2011

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