She was in a big hurry. She was running late for work already and now she was stuck behind the slowest moving vehicle on the road. Lost in her angry thoughts, she even barely noticed when the car in front of her put on the brakes to slow down for a yellow light. Enraged that she had missed the light, the already-stressed-out-woman reached her boiling point: she started hitting the roof, blaring the horn, and shouting some not-so-friendly words at the other driver for causing her to miss her chance to get through the intersection.
She was brought out of her episode by a loud tap on her window. A policeman was standing at her door with a set of handcuffs.
After spending a few hours in a holding cell, the woman was released by her arresting officer. The officer apologized to the woman saying, “I’m very sorry for this mistake ma’am. I pulled up behind your car at the intersection just as you were shouting profanities and making obscene gestures at the gentleman in front of you. I noticed the “What Would Jesus Do?” bumper sticker, the “Jesus Loves You” bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the back of the vehicle. I assumed that you had stolen the car.”
We are identified by our words and actions every single day. With every word and every action, we have a huge opportunity to either show Christ or to show our immaturity. You may have never thrown a fit in your car at a stop light, but you have probably had a moment or two in which your actions weren’t exactly a display of your commitment to Christ. In those moments of weakness, we would all do well to remember the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 5:14-16:
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.