February 5, 2012
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11
This past October I was driving past a strip mall, when I spotted a giant, stuffed-gorilla costume on display in front of a party store. The thing was of such a size that I wondered if somebody had to carry it in at the end of every day.
The thing had to weigh a ton.
I answered my own question: of course, somebody has to put something like that away. It's too valuable to be left out. Besides, I know a few thousand college boys who would love to have that great, stuffed gorilla decorate his dorm or fraternity room.
I thought the matter had been laid to rest, when something quite surprising occurred.
The gorilla, which had been absolutely, completely, totally stationary, turned and waved to me. Before I could think, I found myself waving back.
Pamie asked, "Who are you waving to?"
"The gorilla," was my reply. Actually, I was waving to the guy or gal in the gorilla suit, but that didn't sound near as interesting.
I was impressed. I had seen a living advertisement for the Halloween shop, which was renting costumes and, if I had been looking for a costume, I certainly would have given them my business.
Living advertisements -- that's what Christians are to be. Washed in the Savior's blood, rescued from sin and damnation, we are to bear witness to the wonders of God's love.
The apostle Paul said that a bit more thoroughly. Speaking to the theme of this devotion, he would explain that Jesus' living witnesses are to abound with love, knowledge and discernment. So they might be ready for the day when the Savior returns, their lives should be as spotless as possible.
Most of all they are to give evidence of their faith in Jesus Christ. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, that which they say, think and do should be a righteous fruit basket of thanksgiving, which praises and glorifies the Lord.
To that end we pray.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, Heavenly Father, You have looked upon me, a sinner. In spite of my many transgressions You sent Your Son to offer His life to rescue and redeem me. In thanksgiving to You and as a living witness to those around me, may every detail of life be filled with the fruits of righteousness. In Jesus' Name I ask it. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries