2021.04.28 Daily Devotional
The Upper Room devotional reflection for Wednesday, April 28, 2021 comes to us from Leland P. Gamson of Arizona
2 Timothy 2:3-5, 22-23 3 Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. 5 Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules.
22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.
We were halfway through army basic training at Fort Knox. Before being dismissed for our first 24-hour town leave, our drill instructor reminded us: “Remember, each of you represents the U.S. Army to whomever you meet and in whatever you do. If you are caught in a compromising position that reflects poorly on our army, we will hear about it. You have to answer to me.” As demanding as our drill instructor was, we knew he had our best interest at heart. We didn’t want to disappoint him or tarnish the army’s image of disciplined soldiers.
In a similar way, we represent Jesus after we accept him as our Lord and Savior. Whenever we interact with anyone – at a store, where we work, when eating out, or when we answer the phone – we represent Christ. Do we treat store clerks and service workers with respect and try to make them feel appreciated and valued? Do we represent Christ well every day and in every way? After all, Jesus loves everyone because we are all God’s children.
Prayer Focus: Military Service Members
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us remember that we represent you wherever we are and to everyone we meet. Amen.
Thought for the Day: How will I represent Christ?
— Leland P. Gamson
A friend related a story about being cut-off dangerously on the freeway by someone who had one of those “Ichthus” decals on the back of the car. And I remember her commenting, as a reminder to all of us, that if someone is going to display the symbol of our faith, especially so publicly, he or she should behave accordingly.
Of course, none of us does that perfectly, but it is important to remember that how we behave, especially toward others, does more to spread the love of God through Christ than any spoken words ever could.