"Very Much So"
June 23, 2011
Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 1 Peter 2:16
Pam and I pulled up to our new house, and there was a man hooking up the phone lines.
As we got out of the car, he came over to greet us. He asked, "Did you folks lose some rings?"
I said, "Not us, but our daughter is looking for hers. She's been doing some painting in our new house and she thinks she took off her wedding ring and set it on a box."
The man asked, "Was there a diamond engagement ring there, too?"
We said that indeed was the case.
The man -- his name is Kuann Gray -- said, "Please take a look at your front door. When I got out of my truck, something shiny in your drive caught my eye. I found two rings and I have zip-stripped them to your front door knob."
That's how our daughter got her rings back.
Me, I was dumbfounded. The man could have kept those rings. No one would ever have known. It would have been the ultimate perfect crime. I gave him a thank-you reward and talked for a minute. When I asked for an explanation, Mr. Gray said, "Sir, it was the right thing to do."
Indeed, but not many people would have done the right thing.
I asked, "You don't have to answer this, but can you tell me if you are a Christian?"
He replied, "Yes, sir. I am very much a Christian."
No doubt, if Mr. Gray's friends read this devotion, many of them might say, "He was a fool for having messed up a chance to make a few thousand dollars."
Me, I'd say, "I've met a Christian man who did the right thing. And I am impressed."
Truly, the best Christian proclamation does not always come from a pulpit. Sometimes it is made by a person who, when nobody other than the Lord and his conscience would have known better, decided to honor the Savior and do the right thing.
My daughter is glad this man did what he did ... and so is his Savior.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, for the many millions who proclaim the importance of the Christ in their lives by doing the right thing, I give thanks. May all of us glorify You the same way. This I pray in my Savior's Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries