“God with skin on”

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard about some massive destruction happening in our world right now.

  • Fires in British Columbia
  • Tropical storm Harvey in the southern U.S.
  • Flooding in Bangladesh, India and Nepal
  • And most recently, Hurricane Irma as it slams the Caribbean, and possibly heads toward Florida

There are many reasons to be concerned. So what can you do?

Several years ago a Tornado hit Lafayette, Tennessee. In response, people from a nearby church in Nashville got together to pick up trees, haul away debris, and offer general assistance.

A newspaper asked one of the helpers why they came. This is what he said: “We want to be God with skin on.”


He wasn’t claiming to be God. He was talking about sharing the presence of God with those who hurt.

I’m not sure where you live. Most of you are in North America. I’m guessing you’re pretty spread out. But some of you are close—very close—to some of these disaster areas. If so, local agencies are already giving advice about how to help.

But what do the rest of us do?

First, you can pray.

Second, you can heed the advice of authorities about where they need specific kinds of assistance.

And third, you can send money.

If others were watching your town go through a disaster, isn’t that what you would want them to do?

Proverbs 3:27 offers this advice: “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.”

You can’t do everything, but you can do something.

If you’re close to a disaster—or far away—use your knees, ears, arms and wallets. Like the God-with-skin-on helper from Tennessee, you can share the presence of God with those who hurt.

By Matthew Ruttan

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