“We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us ...” (2 Corinthians 5:20)
I really didn’t want to be anywhere at 6 o’clock on a Friday morning, least of all at a Bible study. But my new friend, Clyde, had invited me, and I respected the way he conducted his business. I accepted the invitation.
Though my Jewish upbringing had given me an appreciation for the history and heritage of God’s Chosen People, it did not inform my daily life. At age 34, that pre-dawn Friday morning found me wandering about in a sort of spiritual no man’s land. No power to overcome my destructive impulses, no peace when visited with adversity, and no purpose apart from the pursuit of worldly gain.
Clyde’s Bible study participants were a scholarly group, going deep in their study of the Scriptures. What kept me coming back, however, was not so much the Biblical content, to which I was spiritually blind. But I did make an observation that I found increasingly perplexing. Virtually all of the men worked in real estate related businesses and the real estate cycle had recently hit bottom. It was apparent from the prayer requests that many had lost jobs and virtually all were suffering economic hardship. I projected myself into their uncertainty and concluded that, had it been me, I would have been an emotional wreck. But, inexplicably to me, these guys were not! They had a calm, a peace, a confidence, and a trust that I found truly extraordinary. I didn’t know the source of their hope, but I knew I wanted it. They pointed me to the Savior.
I was ignorant of God’s Word, but I was impacted by His people. My life and eternity were changed because of men who winsomely demonstrated before me the difference Christ made in their lives.
Question: Would the distinctiveness of your life attract others to the Source that animates it?
Challenge: Christian, preach the Gospel to yourself daily. The more you’re infected with it, the more infectious you’ll be.
Prayer: Lord, make me a worthy ambassador of your grace. I understand that someone’s eternity might depend on it.
Arnie Knecht, Chapel Leader -- Texas Air Hogs