Wednesday, May 2, 2012
It was clear that the repair shop serviced us poorly. I was not a satisfied customer. How, then, should I reply? Should I complain? Should I explain in detail? Should I never go back? Should I ignore it and smile? None of these easy answers seemed adequate, and then I knew why.
In deciding what to do about the car, I didn't think about God.
"What would Jesus do?" would not suffice this time. Jesus, after all, is not an ancient, distant onlooker. He stands beside me every moment, witnessing every act, hearing every thought.
Eventually, I got it.
The repair should not rise as my first concern. I must act first in satisfying Jesus, my witness, my silent partner.
God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient, so do not be partners with them, for you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of the light. Find out what pleases the Lord.--Ephesians 5:6-8, 10
I do not respond to the repairman so much as to my Lord. Frankly, the repairman doesn't care all that much. But God cares very much.
I not only live with sinners; I am one. And because we sinners constantly rub up against one another, we have problems. My job is not to try to make the problems go away or even to always try to solve them. My job is, however, to always respond to them within the context of godliness.
My car may eventually be made right. Or it may not. But if I respond correctly to God, I have pleased my Lord, and that, in the end, satisfies me.