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No Camouflage

Daily Devotional for May 28, 2024

Read: Matthew 5:13-16

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Zebb leaned forward as he and his family traveled through the African game reserve. His excitement at seeing animals in their natural habitats was rapidly being replaced by frustration.

"There's a springbok!" said their guide, pointing out the window.

"Where?" Zebb strained to look in the direction the guide had indicated. "I don't see it." He plopped back in his seat. "Why am I the only one who can't spot any animals even after someone tells me where to look?"

"It's because they blend in so well with the trees and grass," said Mom. "But I'm sure you'll learn to spot the animals soon."

"I don't know," said Zebb. "If I had to depend on hunting them for food, I think I'd starve to death." He managed a weak smile.

Dad grinned at him. "God gave wild animals effective camouflage, didn't He? That's just the opposite of the way He wants us to be."

Zebb rolled his eyes. "Dad! No riddles right now. I'm having enough trouble trying to see the animals!"

"I think Dad is talking about Christians," said Mom. "He's saying that God doesn't want us to lead camouflaged lives."

"You got it!" Dad said. "God wants to shine His light, His love, and His good news to the world through us. He wants others to see Jesus by the way we live."

Zebb stared into the distance. "You're thinking about us going to Uncle Ron's house next week, aren't you?" Zebb knew his uncle didn't believe in Jesus.

Dad nodded. "I'm praying that Uncle Ron will see Jesus in us and decide he wants to get to know Him himself. Sometimes it can feel daunting to share the love of Jesus with others, but God has given us the Holy Spirit to help us. I'm praying He'll work through us to show Uncle Ron what Jesus is like and give us an opportunity to share the truth with him."

"Me too," said Zebb. Just then, he saw a flicker of movement near a tree. He focused all his attention on the spot and finally made out a shape. "I see a giraffe--no, a whole bunch of giraffes--in those trees over there!" Zebb beamed triumphantly. "Finally!" Looking at his dad, he said, "I hope people--especially Uncle Ron--won't have as much trouble seeing Jesus when they look at us."

–Linda Avallone

HOW ABOUT YOU?
Is it easy for others to see Jesus in you? Do the things you do and say reflect what Jesus would do and say if He were living on earth today? Trust Him to use your life to show those around you what He’s like. Don’t camouflage the fact that you know Jesus. Let others see that you have His Spirit in you and want to follow Him in all you do.

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Romans 1:16 (KJV)
I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes. (NLT)

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