By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another (John 13:35, New International Version).
Scripture: John 13:31-35
Song: “Lord, Lay Some Soul upon My Heart”
It was after midnight when I slipped out the side door of my apartment. I could hear someone crying. As assistant manager of the Lassam Terrace, it was my duty to check out disturbances on the premises. I soon discovered the reason for all the noise: a man stumbling across the street. He stopped for a moment and leaned against the mailboxes, using them for support. He looked sick and lost, another patron from the tavern up the road.
The man never asked for a handout. He only wanted to get home and needed directions to the nearest tram station. But that was miles away, and he’d never reach it on foot—not with the temperatures near freezing.
As I drove Mike home, we talked. He was shocked that I wanted to help him. Most people just gave him a few bucks and told him to move along. So he asked me, “Are you one of them—you know—them Christians?” I nodded. “I knew it,” he said. “You people are different.”
That made me think. People who attend my church know I am a follower of Jesus. But I wish my neighbors knew it too. When we love others, we demonstrate to the world that we are—you know—one of them.
Lord, today let me show, with acts of love, who owns my heart. Please guide me in this endeavor. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.
“One of Them?” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2006 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.