By Julie Kraus
Today's Scripture: Acts 20:18-20
Central Thought: We need to live like Christ everyday, not just on Sundays.
My husband and I were at a restaurant recently in the middle of the afternoon. No one else was in the place so we chatted a bit with the server, a young single mom. We talked about her work, the tips, and customers. I winced when she said Sundays were the worst day to work; I have heard before that Christians can be the worst tippers. But she surprised me. She didn't complain about the tips; it was the behavior of churchgoers that had her perplexed. She said, 'You'd think that since they'd just been to church and made things right with God that they'd come in a lot happier. But they are the grouchiest, most demanding customers.”
I left that restaurant asking myself how consistently I live out my faith. You see, a lot of people won't hear the pastor's sermon, but they'll see the fruit of it lived out in our lives during the week. We may want to ask ourselves whether we are as Christ-like at work as we are at church. Does our driving style reflect 'the peace that passes understanding?” What about waiting in line at the grocery store? Is it a waste of our valuable time, or is it an opportunity to share our faith with those around us? When the store clerk is rude, do we respond with anger or walk away insulted? Or, do we set aside our own rights, reach out with compassion, and ask the person if everything is okay? Let's show the world the love of God that we preach about.
Devotional Prayer: Father, open my eyes to the needs of those around me. Help me to demonstrate Your love to everyone I meet.
Today's Bible Reading: 2 Kings 17:1-18:12; Acts 20:1-38; Psalm 148:1-14; Proverbs 18:6-7