Is God a mystery to you?
At the last supper, Phillip asked Jesus to “show us the Father. Jesus answered, ‘Don’t you know me Phillip, even after I have been among you such a long time. Anyone who as seen me has seen the Father. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” (John 14:9, 11)
St. Paul says that Jesus is “the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” He goes on to say that God was pleased to have his fullness dwell in Jesus, and through Jesus to reconcile to himself all things on earth and in heaven through Jesus’ blood shed on the cross. (Col. 1: 15-20)
John confirms this in his gospel when he says, “No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side [Jesus] has made him known.” (John 1:18)
God is not this obscure, remote presence, hanging out in the clouds. He is a person, made known to us in the human person of Jesus at a given time and place in history. He is God’s presence in both the physical and in the spirit. We therefore can see God in Jesus — in Jesus’ words and actions and through the Holy Spirit.
Paul reveals one additional mystery that he says has been hidden for ages and generations. He says this mystery “is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Col. 1:26-27)
So, we can see God in the person of Jesus. When we accept this as fact and love him, acknowledge him, and obey his commands, Jesus and the Father come and make their home in us. (John 14:23)
The result: Christ is in us! We can be and bring his presence to the people and circumstances in our lives!
When we take time to listen to a loved one or a work colleague and offer encouragement or assistance, we are being Christ to that person. When we refuse to shade the truth for economic advantage or career advancement, we are being Christ by bringing truth and integrity to the situation. When we are generous with our time, talents and resources with the less fortunate, we are being Christ in our communities. When we are doing our best in our work, we are being Christ in the workplace. Let me share an actual example from Hope for the Workplace – Christ in You. (p. 80)
The office manager of Jack’s insurance brokerage firm, Ginny, was no longer able to speak clearly after having surgery for cancer of the tongue. She asked Jack if she would be let go because of her inability to talk with customers, which was one of the most important parts of her job. She only had a year until her retirement. Jack took the time to personally call over eighty of his customers to let them know of Ginny’s condition and ask if they could work with her under the circumstances and pray for her as well. Cards, letters, flowers and gifts started pouring into Jack’s office. As a result of Jack’s love and extraordinary efforts, Ginny was able to work until her retirement.
When we follow Jesus’ example of love and sacrifice, we are revealing the mystery of who God is and his plan for us to bring his presence to bear on a world in desperate need of his grace.