You’ll Never Know
Monday - August 10th Scripture to Read for Today's Devotional: John 17:6-12
Today's Selection from our Sermon on the Mount Reading Plan: Matthew 6:5-18
I pray for them. I am not praying
for the world, but for those,
you have given me, for they are yours.
~Jesus Praying about His Followers
You never know exactly how God will use your life as a testimony and witness for Christ. When we live and love like Jesus throughout our everyday lives, to whom, where, when, and how His light shines may never be fully known this side of eternity. Throughout my life, folks have come up to me and told me about how I ministered or encouraged them in ways that I do not remember at all. God works through us sometimes when we do not even know it. That is the beauty of seeking to become more like Jesus every day. It is Jesus shining through us!
One dear lady, who is a part of Calvary and came to Christ as her Savior six or seven years ago, shared a great story with me this past weekend. Since becoming a follower of Christ, Lisa (not her actual name) has been seeking to live and love like Christ in her daily life. She has had a particular burden for her coworkers. Lisa has worked among them for a couple of decades. They knew her before she became a believer, and Lisa hopes they see the transformation Christ has made in her life.
Recently, a coworker called Lisa asking for prayer for her father, who was suffering from COVID-19. Lisa committed to pray. It was not easy for her. This woman had been gossipping about Lisa and continually doing things behind Lisa's back to undermine her efforts at the office. But, Lisa determined not to let the coworker's behavior deter her from showing love and praying for her colleague. Lisa got a follow-up call saying the coworker's father had not made it. She was thanked for her prayers. Lisa could not understand why God did not answer her prayer and open doors for the Gospel with her coworker.
A few days later, Lisa got a call from another coworker. This second coworker knew their colleague had been doing those terrible things behind Lisa's back at the office for many years. She had heard that Lisa prayed for this undermining coworker and could not believe she did that. Lisa listened to this second person from the office describe how her willingness to pray for the mean colleague had impacted her life. So, the willingness to pray for someone who mistreated her gave Lisa a clear, Christlike testimony with someone else at the office. Wow!
Lisa said to me, "Pastor, it’s possible you’ll never know who noticed what God did in and through your life." I quickly agreed. She said, "That is why we just focus on living and loving like Jesus and letting God take care of the rest!" All I could say to her was, "Amen!"
In John 17, Jesus prays for His followers. He prays for our witness in this world. He asks the Father to use us to reflect the glory of Christ. When we walk with God in His Word and prayer daily, we become more like Jesus. The more we become like Jesus, the more we live and love like Jesus everywhere we go. Friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers will begin to see Jesus in and through us more and more. Those noticing Christ in you may not see Him through the way you think they will see Him.
Just seek to live and love like Jesus, letting God take care of the rest!