I recently drove by the national headquarters for Mobile Epiphany. The corporate website says the company’s “…unique technology is able to centralize the flow of your business process while mobilizing your work force onto today’s powerful mobile platforms.” When I spotted this company’s name (which I’d never heard of before), I immediately thought about something a bit different than a technology enterprise. I thought: Mobile Epiphany—that’s Jesus!
We use the word “epiphany” in a variety of ways. Usually it is used to describe a new thought or insight. It is also used to describe an experience of sudden and striking realizations. Biblically, the word represents the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi in Matthew 2:1-12. Something clearly appears when an epiphany takes place. With this in mind, where do you need Jesus to appear today?
We all need Jesus to show up in hearts and minds. When we realize that Jesus knocks on the door of hearts or minds, it is clear he wants to build a relationship with us. He wants to change us into his image, go through life with us, and replace our sense of truth with his. Without an epiphany of Christ in our lives, we would be left to our selfish, prideful, independent, hateful, and self-governing tendencies.
We all need Jesus to show up in our homes and churches. When Jesus enters these places, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love are clearly evident to all who are present. The truth of Christ also governs over the people in such places. In turn, people love each other and subject themselves to God’s truth instead of their own. In a place where his grace and truth are clearly demonstrated, the true body of Jesus, even his hands and feet, are obvious.
We all need Jesus to show up in our communities. The issuance of blame is clear when harmful or inhumane incidents happen in our towns, cities, and nations. Everyone wants to know who decided to do the crime or order the deployment of a bomb. Accountability is crucial and justice is important. Yet what would it be like if the good that takes place in our communities could be attributed to the presence of Christ and Christian living? It is clear that love, truth, justice, mercy, integrity, and the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) are needed in our cities and towns. Jesus brings these attributes and behaviors when he shows up in the lives of his genuine followers.
Mobile Epiphany? Yes! But it is not primarily a technology business. The ultimate mobile epiphany is Jesus! The One who said, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20b).
Jim Dunn is executive director of Church Multiplication and Discipleship for The Wesleyan Church.