"...Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)
Remember the movie, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"? Many of you may chuckle at different scenes that made you laugh, cry, or both. Several infamous scenes involve the family patriarch, "Gus," who totes around his handy bottle of Windex which he claims is the cure for many of life's dilemmas and the remedy for difficult ailments. When we think about the hilarity of those scenes, we can rejoice that life's problems are NOT handled by a liquid cleaning remedy, but by a wonderful, merciful Redeemer. Since Christ created all things, is "before all things, and in Him all things hold together," (Col. 1:16-17)), a complete, resolute trust in Jesus provides a way for us to face life's challenges with the strength and courage that only God can provide. We don't need to rely on something man made, or even on our own strength, since we have the power of the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwelling in us (Rom 8:11), the moment we trust in Christ. As believers, we know this to be true, but do we really live that way? Do we show others how skillfully we hold our own spray bottles of Windex in taking care of ourselves and our struggles--or do we point to Jesus? Is our witness for Christ truly effective in its testimony of a powerful, merciful, loving God? Or is it as ineffective as a squirt of Windex on a flat tire?
Scripture tells us, "...but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." (Acts 1:8) Gus believed that the power was in Windex. But the power and the glory of God, our Creator, is revealed in our witness. Are you showing His glory in your speech, your actions and your attitudes today? When others look at you, do they see Windex or a witness for Jesus?
Gracious God, you are the beginning and the end, the Alpha and the Omega, and there is nothing that is too difficult for you. Help us to do more than just believe in your power to heal, provide and save; empower us by your Spirit to live our lives as strong testimonies of Your active, faithful love so that all will be drawn to Christ. Amen.