May 17, 2012

Day 12 - May 18, 2012

Day 12 - May 18, 2012

Jennifer drives a Dodge minivan that has a strange behavior. After about 4 or 5 hours of driving, the “Check Engine Soon” light goes on. The strange thing is that the next day, the light goes off. According to the owner’s manual, Dodge recommends service only if the light stays on continuously for a couple of days. This hasn’t happened yet. So we are curious, but not overly concerned. We trust that the designers knew what they were doing when they wrote the manual.

God’s Law is like an owner’s manual. It tells us how to live – even when we don’t always understand the Designer’s intent. So if we believe that God’s Word is our owner’s manual then we must also believe that not following the owner’s manual will cause problems. This relates to today’s devotion.

You see we are called to be missionaries, but another word might be free-lance mechanics. As missionaries, we need to be aware when another person isn’t “firing on all cylinders”. You know who they are; people who engage in destructive behavior and can’t see it. A missionary is someone who can spot the damage in another person’s life and offer help.

But this help cannot be force-fed. No one today wants to hear a self-righteous Christian tell them how to live. But most everyone today is willing to hear from a loving Christian who – with love and respect – can help walk them to a better place. It would be like being stuck on I-10 with the engine belching smoke and having a mechanic show up to say, “Let me help you with that”.

The best way to act in love and not out of self-righteous indignation is to pray. Pray for those people God has put in your life. How can you be a mechanic in their time of need? Then pray for them again. Then love.

Blessings,

Pastor David