"What Would You Have Done?"
November 5, 2014
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
Today's devotion asks, "What would you do if ...?"
It begins with a man who found an envelope that contained two World Series tickets. The pair of tickets was worth around $2,000.
For the first time we ask, "If you found such an envelope, what would you do?"
In this case, the man saw a police officer and turned the tickets over by saying, "I think someone lost these."
The officer checked out the envelope's contents and said, "Wow! It would really be cool to go to this game."
For the second time we ask, "What would you have done?"
Allow me to share the officer did some investigation. The Wells Fargo envelope had a last name on it. The phone book gave the officer his starting point. He called the nearest Wells Fargo office and asked if anyone worked there who had the name that appeared on the envelope.
Nope. Nobody was there who had that name; although the Wells Fargo secretary mentioned the name, "Chan," was that of her pastor.
Once again we ask, "What would you do? Would you follow up on that thin lead?"
The officer did. He called Pastor Chan's church and asked if the reverend had lost any important documents. Pastor Chan said he hadn't lost any documents, but was expecting to get some.
In short order the tickets were placed in the reverend's hands.
This was a good thing since Pastor Chan's church was having a fund-raising banquet, which featured an auction. The profit generated by the sale of various items, including those donated tickets, was designated for the much-needed support of international missions.
Amazing! God's work will continue on because everyone in this story did the right thing. The donor of the tickets did the right thing. The man who gave the lost envelope to the officer did the right thing, and the policeman himself did what was proper. If anybody in that chain had failed, the Lord's work would have suffered.
So, one last time we ask, "What would you have done?"
For those of us who have met the Savior there is only one right answer to that question. We who have been blessed by the Savior's sacrifice, who have been saved by His grace, would feel it an opportunity to honor our Savior by doing that which is proper.
All of this leads me to conclude that when God's people do the right thing, the Savior is glorified and souls are touched by the precious message of salvation.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, may I always glorify the Savior by making a Christian witness. Let me realize I am Your witness and my life is the way by which I proclaim my thankfulness for the wonders of Your love. This I ask in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries