Weekly Devotions - March 13, 2018
A True Follower
“...See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name” (Revelation 3:8, NIV 1984).
Ed sat there in contemplation after I told him of his illness. Life ahead would not be easy for him. He and his wife asked their questions, written on the pieces of paper that they had brought with them. I answered the questions as they sat silent and thinking. Out of that silence, bent over his knees on the examining table, Ed spoke, “Now, how can I use this for the glory of Christ?” I felt unworthy to be in the room with him. Face to face with a true follower of Christ.
There are so many ways we can be good Christians. We can give to the poor and care for the suffering. We can attend church faithfully, even serve as deacons or Bible teachers or elders. We can make inner city or international missions a part of our lives, caring for the broken while speaking the name of Jesus. We can tithe our money, or more-than-tithe as many do. We can hold Bible studies in our homes and knock on doors to invite neighbors to church. We can do all of these things and God will be pleased. But, there is no more compelling witness for Christ than the follower who glorifies Christ from within their suffering; who not only says, “This life is not about me,” but who clearly cries out, “It is all about Him.”
When I face my time of struggle, let me glorify Your name.