As I walked in to get a cup of coffee and a bagel from an indie coffee shop with a great feel located not far from our home, I realized the two baristas, Sam and Dwayne, were in deep discussion. Not noticing I was at the counter and being the comic I am, I stated, “Hey, can a man get a cup of coffee in here?” To which Dwayne stated, “Clergy, you are a man of the cloth! Be patient and keep your mouth shut!” Wow! OK, I will do just that I thought. Sam came over in just a few seconds laughing at how I had adhered to Dwayne’s directive.
After I ordered, Sam and I began to laugh and chat about Dwayne’s reflection of who I was and how I should be acting. During this energetic conversation I asked Sam since I was a pastor and a follower of Jesus did he care about what I believed? Sam stated, NO! I then asked if he cared about what I knew? He stated NO! I then asked if he cared about how I acted? To which he stated YES!
“That is the problem I have with you Christians,” he stated. “ It is how you act!” I then asked him if he could explain a little more of what he meant by that statement. To which he stated, “It seems you Christians are always expressing what you are against. It seems you should spend more time showing love, helping people and not getting down on people so much.” At that point the line of customers begin to form and our conversation for the moment was over.
Pastor Erwin Raphael McManus wrote: "I am convinced the great tragedy is not the sins that we commit, but the life we fail to live."
Could that be true?
We read in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 from The Message, 19 Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: 20 religious, nonreligious, 21 meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, 22 the defeated, the demoralized--whoever. I didn't take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ--but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I've become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. 23 I did all this because of the Message. I didn't just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!
Take a few moments and think about your story and your calling to participate in God’s purpose and plans for the world.
What is God saying to you?
What are you going to do about it?
Who are you going to share it with?
Live the Story friend,