During World War II, Phillips found that the young people in his church were having a hard time understanding the King James Version of the Bible. So during the blitz of London, when the Nazis bombed the city for weeks on end, Phillips used his time in the bomb shelters to begin translating the New Testament into more contemporary language. He began with the epistle to the Colossians and went on to translate all of the New Testament and several books of the Old Testament as well.
I heard a story about a little girl who, on the way home from church one Sunday, turned to her mother and said, “Mommy, my Sunday School teacher’s lesson this morning confused me.” “Oh. Why is that?” asked her mother. The girl replied, “Well, she said that God is bigger than we are. Is that true?” “Yes, that’s true,” replied the mother.
“She also said that God lives within us. Is that true?” Again the mother replied, “Yes.” “Well,” said the little girl, “if God is bigger than us, and He lives in us, wouldn’t He show through?”
The obvious truth is, God does show through our lives when we allow Him to be “bigger than us” and to “live in us” in all that we do. The problem occurs when we think we are bigger than God and try to run our own lives–and He lets us. Not only do we experience the frustrations of our own self-sufficiency, but we also hinder people around us from seeing our big God who lives within us.
My prayer for each of you this week is that God would be HUGE in your life, and that all those around you would see Him show through. I look forward to seeing you this Sunday, as we worship our awesome God together.