September 27, 2008
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
You, my Christian friend, are on display.
Does that make you uncomfortable? It shouldn't. It should make you feel proud to be a representative of the Savior Who died so you might live.
A number of years ago a thief found himself in prison. During his time of incarceration he became a Christian and his life was changed. When he was released, the chaplain gave him a letter which had been written by another prisoner.
The letter said, "I came to this place hating preachers and the Bible. When you told me you were a Christian, I said, "Here's another convict taking the Gospel road just to get an early parole. Now I've got to tell you, I've kept track of you when you were in the yard, working in the shop and eating your meals. Because of your example, I'm a Christian, too."
Whether we believe it or not, admit it or not, people of this world watch Christians.
They are judging the Master by the words and works of His servants.
Now I know that's a tough thing to hear. Each of us are sinners and are prone to failure. We know it's unfair for a perfect Savior to be evaluated on the basis of His imperfect redeemed.
Even so, I encourage each of you to try. Set an example. Live a life that lets people know Jesus is your Savior, the One Who is Light in your dark world.
And if you do, don't be surprised if, on Judgment Day, someone comes up to you and says, "I am saved because of Jesus Christ - - I know He's real. I saw Him in the example that you lived."
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I pray that You will fill me with faithfulness and the ability to witness. Let me reflect to others the love I have received from You. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries