Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Being Christ to others

Russian novelist, Leo Tolstoy, wrote the delightful children’s story Martin the shoemaker to illustrate what it means to practice the example of Jesus.
His story is about an old shoemaker who gets word that Christ will be visiting him tomorrow. The old man is not quite sure whether he made this up out of his own head. The following day, Martin, with eager anticipation looks up and down his street for Jesus.
During the day he encounters a boy shoveling snow and invites him in for a hot drink. Then he encounters a woman shivering and he gives her a warm coat. At the end of the day Martin is disappointed that Christ did not come and he concludes he is a little touched in the head. Later as he sleeps that night the word comes "Martin did you see me?”
“Where Lord?”
“It was I the boy shoveling snow and it was I, the woman shivering in the cold."
From the letter of James the encouragement is to welcome each person as a chance to serve God. If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. (James 2:15-17)
See Christ in others; be Christ to others.