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To Know Christ and to Make Him Known – Philippians 3:10

The Most Wonderful Man in the World!

     three-crosses.jpgHow would you like to be known as the most wonderful man in the world? Alas, that lot fell to me some time ago.  No! Really!  For many years now it has been my habit to try to acknowledge Christ in some way as I go through my day.  Just a word of praise, nothing major you understand.  Actually, my wife does a better job of it than I do but I practice it as the Lord helps me.  Lifestyle evangelism, not ‘cold calling’ is more the Biblical model.  To truly win someone to Christ one will have to invest time and effort  in the lives of others.  As a rule, people must know you care for them before they will care that you know them. 

     One of the bright spots in my life came as quite a surprise to me one day.  It had been my habit to get my gasoline at one particular station.  Each time I would go in to pay for my gas I would give some acknowlegment to God, a word of praise or thanksgiving.  I did this week after week and year after year with no visible results.  Then one day after pumping my gas, I went in to pay as ususal and gave some word of gratitude for the beautiful day.  The man who was waiting on me said, “Do you see that guy standing out there?”  I said, “Yes, I do”.  The gentleman he was referring to was another employee of the station and had gone out front to assist another customer.  The first attendant then said,  “He thinks you are the most wonderful man in the world.”  I’m sure my mouth flew open in amazement because he then said, “He says you always have something good to say and greet him with respect and encouragement.” 

     I had no idea my witness was affecting anyone much.  I had had no indication previously that my feeble effort was doing any good at all.  Now, let me say that I know full well that I am NOT “the most wonderful man in the world”.  But it really doesn’t matter whether I am or not.  What really matters is that man thinks I am.  In reality I am so full of blemishes and ‘warts’ that it is only by God’s glorious grace I could encourage anyone.  See, it is not about me.  It is about Jesus.  My little witness for Christ over the years made an impression on a man.  He saw a frail, faulty man, who was living in the same broken, shattered world he was, but, who was finding something to be thankful for and someone to whom to be thankful. 

     John chapter 4 contains the beautiful account of Jesus’ encounter with the one we call ‘the woman at the well’.  This experience is perhaps the best instruction in personal evangelism a disciple could ever get.  There is so much to glean from in this passage but for our purposes today I want to draw attention to the the 36th- the 38th verses.  Jesus said,

 “…the sower and the reaper rejoice together…One sows and another reaps…I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor…”

     I have no way of knowing how many people sowed into that man’s life before me or how many shared Life with him after me.  What I do know is that just inside the gate of heaven will be a line of witnesses, who will go by the title, “the most wonderful person in the world“.  No matter how far you have travelled on your pilgrim journey.  No matter how insignificant you may feel and no matter how many times you may wonder, if your life really matters or not.  Take heart.  Keep encouraging the folks around you.  If you do, I believe you will also  be “the most wonderful person in the world”.                           

    

August 19th, 2007 Posted by | Witnessing | 2 comments