He’s a young man—maybe 19 or 20 years old. He’s attending a vocational trade school. He was present at a church on a Sunday morning in a class taught by Russell Moore who relates the young man’s story.
The young man said that he’s hoping to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. His grandfather, who was a mechanic, not only served his community repairing vehicles, but throughout his life he also ministered and shared the gospel in homeless shelters and prisons, showing love to people many others had forgotten about.
This young man said he wanted to be like that—to learn a skill and practice it with excellence (no quiet quitting there) and to minister to prisoners, the homeless, and any other group of people to which Jesus calls him.
The young man lit up when he talked about being around non-Christians and the opportunity to represent Jesus with love and integrity. This grandfather was such a model of gospel integrity that his grandson aspires to be as much like him as possible. His ministry is still burning—fueling his grandson in the same direction.
And that’s not to mention all the people from prisons and homeless shelters who are serving Christ right now because of this man’s witness. How many lives were saved, how many eternities were redirected, and how many families were put back together by conversations he had over broken fuel pumps or malfunctioning alternators?
Jesus says: “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14,16
Jesus says that if you are his follower, you are the light of the world. How are you doing in living out the light Jesus in the everydayness of your life? How are you truly loving people who are hurting or are in need or are struggling?
If we’re faithful disciples of Jesus, we’ll not just talk about faith, we’ll live it. I urge you to be a part of our church’s #JourneyCares outreach initiative in our community the first week in October. Join me as we seek together to love like Jesus! Sign up here.