An Elder at my former church would pray a unique prayer over the speaker before the speaker would go up to preach every Sabbath. When he would preach, he would say the same prayer. “Lord, make me a nail. On that nail, hang the portrait of your son, Jesus.”
We can know God and his character by studying scripture and spending time in prayer. But the rest of world, especially someone who has hardened themselves to the Bible, may not meet Jesus by reading scripture. If not scripture, then where? You guessed it. You and me!
So often we think of ourselves as on trial and Jesus as our advocate. But God has been on trial since the war in heaven (Revelation 12:7-17). Satan has tried to tarnish God’s character with his lies. We, as God’s followers, are ambassadors for his goodness, love, and grace!
As God’s character stands on trial, we have a calling to represent Him to others. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9.
There are many in the world that before they witness God’s character through the Word, they must first be introduced to God’s character through us! May each of prayers begin with, “Lord make me a nail…” so that Christ’s portrait can be displayed in our lives.