One day a man comes home from work to find total mayhem at home. The kids were outside still in their pajamas playing in the mud and muck. There were empty food boxes and wrappers all around. As he proceeded into the house, he found an even bigger mess. Dishes on the counter, dog food spilled on the floor, a broken glass under the table, and a small pile of sand by the back door. The family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing, and a lamp had been knocked over. He headed up the stairs, stepping over toys, to look for his wife. He was becoming worried that she may be ill, or that something had happened to her. He found her in the bedroom, still in bed with her pajamas on, reading a book. She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went.
He looked at her bewildered and asked, "What happened here today?"
She again smiled and answered, "You know everyday when you come home from work and ask me what I did today?"
"Yes, was his reply."
She answered, "Well, today I didn't do it!"
The preacher then turned the tables a bit with her sermon. She reminded us that we are the conduits of God's presence and his blessings to others in our homes, our community, and the world. I'm not in this world for me, but for God. He brought me into being and has work for me to do in his creation. There are people he wants to encourage, comfort, and bring hope to through me. He want to show up in their week and he plans to do it with me. That led me to wonder if there was someone in the world today who was able to report that they saw Jesus in their week through my love and obedience to the Lord's calling on my life. Was there at least one moment when anyone saw Jesus in me?
How about you? Is there someone, somewhere in the world, who saw Jesus in their week because you offered a kind word when it was needed or shared your lunch with someone in need? Did you visit a sick friend or help someone at work with a project? Don't worry if you're unhappy with your answers. No one can ever live up to God's standard and we'll always have room for improvement. Rather, rejoice and remember that because of God's grace, we can start again, right now, to seek God's will more actively and to be the blessing to others that God desires us to be so that they may see him in us and know his love for them in a real and personal way.