Paul was quite the guy. He was a zealous missionary to Gentiles, indefatigable, and an intense type-A kind of dude. But it wasn’t those characteristics that Paul was looking for others to see in him. Paul simply wanted others to see Christ in him. Having been arrested for preaching the gospel, Paul found himself before King Agrippa making a strong apologetic for Christian faith. The DTR talk is one worth examining and emulating. Agrippa’s response to Paul was, “In such a short time do you think you can talk me into being a Christian?” Paul answered, “Whether it takes a short time or a long time, I wish you and everyone else who hears me today would become just like me!”
I wonder how many of us could confidently say the same thing as Paul. Are we the kind of Christians that we would want others to emulate? Has our faith journey led us to the place of being a solid model of what a follower of Christ should look like? Do we expect others to change while avoiding change ourselves? Do we deeply desire and work toward others coming to know Jesus? What is on your wish list?
· I wish every non-Christian in my community would come to know Jesus as the gracious Savior and risen Lord of their lives.
· I wish every single member of my church would spend all their relational and emotional capital in this life leading others to Jesus Christ.
· I wish every person I encounter would have the merciful privilege of knowing Christ like I have been privileged to know Him.
· I wish all my parishioners would become just like me, except, of course, for my self-made chains.
· I wish every person on planet earth would become a Christian.
Risen and ascended Lord, you are the king of all creation. May your rule and reign take over my life to such a degree that everything that comes out of my mouth, and every action I take would be worthy of emulation in your way of love. Amen.