This brings us to a final and most exciting observation. If we see God in His Son, and if His Son helps us see people as we should, then the possibility exists that we might also see God in those who receive His free gift of grace. In other words, when our hearts are as they should be, we are able to see God as He works in the hearts of the redeemed. Paul said it this way in his letter to the Colossians: “You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator” (Colossians 3:7-10 ). When we see what God is doing in others, we see God. In fact, we see each member of the Godhead working in concert as the Father, Son and Spirit redeem, cleanse and restore.
We now come full circle as we realize God is also visible in our lives. Our hearts must be pure to see God, but this same condition makes it possible for others to see God in us. Later in His sermon Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16),
Are we really the light of the world? Didn’t Jesus say this was His role (John 8:12)? Yes, He did, but He invited us to partner with Him in reflecting His Father’s glory. I know it sounds crazy, but no more so than the thought we can see God and live. With Jesus, this is not only a possibility, but an outcome. See God and we shall live indeed.