Our Lives Portray Christ
What began as a great day at church ended up anything but great. Over this past Labor Day, the wife of one of my longtime friends was driving home after church when the unthinkable happened. She turned left onto the street where her subdivision is located. As soon as she turned, her van collided with a motorcyclist who had lost control of his motorcycle. It slammed into her van and then she proceeded to run over his body. All attempts to revive the man were unsuccessful. He died at the scene. As my friend continued to lay out the events of that day, it got me thinking.
His wife, now distraught, has been rehearing that day over and over in her mind. She is wracked with guilt and questions.
“What would’ve happened if I had left church later?”
“Could I have done something to save him?”
Then my friend found out a little bit about the man that died. Come to find out, they had worked together in the same company a few years prior. And he was a Muslim. The brevity of this situation became strikingly obvious. He started questioning where this man finds himself in eternity. He wondered if in their limited interaction, his life displayed an accurate portrayal of Christ.
I can’t begin to imagine what either of them is feeling these days but there are a couple of things that I do know.
God is Sovereign
Try as we might we cannot control situations. We can’t dictate outcomes nor can we choose how or when something occurs. Bad things happen. Sin happens. Death happens.
The one thing that I can know for sure is that the Lord is good and faithful. He loves us and can bring good out of the most horrible situations.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
Our lives tell a story.
People are watching our lives. They listen to what we say. They watch how we treat others and how we respond to difficulties. They notice how we handle success and failure.
My friends’ situation reminded me that there are lives and souls at stake all around me. The influence that Lord has given me needs to be stewarded well.
The words of the Apostle Paul ring so true!
“You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” 2 Corinthians 3:2-3
Describe a time when God brought good out of a situation or a time when the story of your life portrayed Christ well and impacted someone’s life.