You yourself must be an example to them (Titus 2:7).
We thank God for the religious freedom we have in this nation. However, we must be wise in how we practice it.
Dave was wise in his approach. He is a dedicated young man who received Christ into his life as Savior and Lord several years ago. He has a highly successful career at one of the major film studios in Hollywood.
The atmosphere at Dave's place of business is extremely worldly, and although several thousand employees work there, very few seem to be Christians. Nevertheless, he recently decided to start an office Bible study. He designed a small poster, photocopied it and distributed it throughout the studio.
The following Wednesday, Dave anxiously waited at the door of his conference room. Just past noon a young woman arrived. Then a middle-aged man. After 10 more minutes, another woman rushed in. The four introduced themselves, and talked excitedly about this new opportunity for prayer and fellowship. They briefly shared needs, discussed a portion of Scripture and agreed to pray for one another until they met again the following week.
Betsy was not so wise, but she learned a lesson. A Christian nurse, she shares her responsibilities with Karen, a non-Christian. One day Karen confronted her with some very disturbing words.
"Betsy, I've noticed that you bring your Bible to work every day," Karen began. "I know you are a Christian, but you really aren't doing much of a job as a nurse. You give more time to studying your Bible than you do to quality nursing," she said. "If I were you, I'd be the best nurse I could possibly be. Maybe then people would be more interested in your religion."
That was a blow, as truth often is, but Karen was right. Betsy had learned to do just enough to get by, and no more. Worse yet, she was so busy with church activities that she hardly had enough energy left to do a good job at work.
Soon after the conversation with Karen, Betsy went to her nursing supervisor. "I want to apologize to you for the poor job I've been doing," she said. "Will you point out to me any other attitudes or habits that are hindering the quality of my performance?"
Then, Betsy also apologized to her coworkers. From that day on she concentrated on being the best nurse she could be during working hours. And you can be sure that as a result her coworkers were more open to her witness for Christ.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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