Job 23:10 – But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. (NIV)
Life is a test, and we take a pop quiz on putting our faith into action each day. On the back of my car is a sign that reads, "Erin Presbyterian … the best wee church in town." I want to advertise the church, so along with that sign is another one that reads, "May God give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed." (Psalm 20:4) When I get stopped at a red light, I look in my rear mirror and sometimes see other drivers writing down the verse and, hopefully, the name of our church.
So where does the test come in? My driving. Since I put those two signs on my car, I've got to be a good driver. I try not to speed. I try not to cut in front of people. I wait patiently at stop signs and try to keep alert at all times. Because I've put a sign advertising the fact that I'm a Christian, I need to drive like one, too. Sadly, I see other Christian drivers on the road, with fish symbols or church signs on their cars, who drive like demons. They fail the driving test for Christians, and the church is let down once again.
God also knows the way we take, whether in our cars on the road, or walking through our neighbourhood. We also carry signs on our hearts, that He sees, which indicate that we are Christians. If we remember this each day and try to live faithfully for God, then we may encourage other travellers on this journey called Life to do the same.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You challenge us to be faithful witnesses for You each day. You want other people to see the positive, attractive blessings that Christianity brings to life. Help us to be effective followers, and enable us to express our faith in loving deeds, patient moments, and honest living. In Your holy name we pray. Amen.