You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart. (2 Corinthians 3:2-3)
The Bug Man Who Was A Litter Bug
If you have lived in North Central Florida for any length of time, you are familiar with a successful pest control company who has had a popular motto that says, “The only bugs we can’t control are litter bugs.” The company has been very involved in the community and offers services that are established upon the principle of exceeding customer expectations. This past week I was driving behind one of their small cars with advertising all over the vehicle. On the bumper was the familiar slogan I have seen most of my life, “The only bugs we can’t control are litter bugs.” The driver had the window down and he was smoking a cigarette with the obvious cloud flowing out. What caught my eye was as we pulled away from the red-light, he threw his cigarette butt out the window. My reaction was rather humorous because here is a man driving around my fair city representing a successful company of long standing and in one small act went against much of what the company stands for. It’s human nature.
I know that if the company knew what happened they would be disappointed. It is not a reflection upon the principles of the company but the careless act of someone not thinking. It did occur to me of how many times I have done the same thing but on a grandeur scale. I serve the King of King and Lord of Lords. His principles are so high they reach the throne of God. The teachings of Jesus are to reflect the character of holiness in every part of my life. All my life should be a mirror of what the Father teaches me in His message of redemption. And then those days happen when I throw that influence right out the window and someone sees me. Not a good image. In a careless act or word, the person who sees my life does not see the glory of God. They see anger, frustration, and anything that glorifies my carnal nature instead of the goodness of my Creator.
None of us are perfect and we all throw things out the window from time to time. I guess life is trying to limit what we throw out and how often. There are some of God’s people who are throwing huge amounts of debris out the window as they go through life. They struggle and we need to pray for them. We should try very hard to be a good influence of righteousness to everyone we met and to those we influence without knowing it. Paul’s prayer for the saints at Corinth was to remember their lives were like books, known and read by all men. We do not know how many read about our lives. The pictures they see are good and sometimes not so good. As epistles of Jesus Christ, let us try diligently to present an example of grace to everyone. Remember that some see us and we do not know it. Let our lives be written by the Spirit of the living God upon hearts seeking the glory of the Lord. I thought that was a good story.
Someone has said … that the only Bible which millions of people read today is the daily example of Christians – your example and mine. (James E. Murray, Address, March 31, 1948)