It sticks out like a sore thumb. It’s as plain as the nose on your face. It’s obvious, evident, plain, visible, as clear as day and cannot be hidden. But I didn’t see it.
Anyone with a simple grasp of written language sees it. It’s unmissable and it’s absolutely foundational to the Christian faith. I’m still not sure how I overlooked this simple, two-word truth for so long.
I’ve spent years studying and sharing about faith and finances and generosity, yet I still missed it. Maybe I overcomplicated it or just skipped right over it, but it was right there, under my nose, in black and white, staring me in the face. Nothing could be clearer.
It’s embedded at the start of the Bible’s most famous verse, John 3:16. Millions, maybe billions of people have memorized it. I’ve heard five-year-old children say it, and probably understand it. I’ve been able to recite it myself for more than forty years, and have done so regularly, and yet it might as well have been invisible to me. I just didn’t see it.
Then one day, there it was.
“For God so loved the world that He gave …”