The Apostle Paul’s words in 1st Corinthians 15:10 have been haunting me. The Holy Ghost is good to do that to me every now and again. Paul wrote, “His grace towards me was not in vain.”
Paul in his second letter to a younger preacher named Timothy told him to think about the future. One day we are all going to stand before the Lord (2nd Timothy 4:1-6). In other words be a Boy Scout, be prepared, let the future dictate your actions now.
I teach a Wednesday night Bible study (hey, I’m a preacher, it’s what I do) and we have been focused on John 14:12, Jesus said, we would do what He did. So the big ask has been, “What did Jesus do?” That study led me to Mark 6:56, “And wherever He came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored Him that they might touch even the fringe of His garment. And as many as touched it were made well.”
What a great picture the Apostle John Mark paints for us as he was inspired by that same Holy Ghost that has been haunting me. What do I bring to others? Has God’s grace been a waste on me? What will Jesus say to me as I stand before Him?
I have a friend named James Davenport and James and I used to pray together every Monday morning at my house on N. Rogers Street. James loves Jesus and I’m pretty sure Jesus likes James and the Bible tells us the prayers of a righteous man are effective so what I’m saying is these are the kind of people you want praying for you (James 5:16). James is old school (that’s a good thing) and the times that he would come over for dinner or if he would spend a holiday with our family, he never came empty handed. He always brought a gift of some sort. His roommate, my good friend James Waddle always did the same. These guys are real gentlemen and our culture could learn from them. Here’s my point. Jesus does not come to your house, village or life without bringing something: His skill set, talent, or His gifting - His power, or His plan and purpose for your life.
To keep this in the context of my Wednesday night Bible Study, what if we did what Jesus did. What if everywhere we went we were the fragrance of Christ. What if we always brought something: Our skill set, talent or gifting. Someone smarter than me said, “We must stop doing stuff for Jesus and we must start being Jesus.” What if we brought Jesus everywhere we went, what if we were Jesus everywhere we went? He asked me to ask you that.