I needed to take a trip to the local Walmart earlier this week to pick up a few things. I had my list in hand and planned on going right in, strategically planning my route to get everything on my list without wasting any time, checking out, and exiting the store, secretly hoping for a record time. As I pulled into the parking lot, reviewing my strategy in my head, I was caught short by something I saw.
Parked along the main entrance into the parking lot was an eighteen wheeler. It was strategically parked so that everyone who entered and exited the parking area could not help but see the truck and read what was written on the side of the trailer. Emblazoned on the trailer in huge letters for all to see was the name JESUS. Temporarily forgetting my own plans, I positioned my vehicle so that I was viewing the side of the truck clearly. I got out of my vehicle and stood there looking at the truck and it's message, watching as other vehicles passed back and forth, taking notice of the name of Jesus on display.
I was struck by the moving billboard. I wanted to find the driver and ask him a myriad of questions. Mostly I wanted to thank him for being a witness for Him. It also got me to thinking. What message do I convey to the people in Walmart? Am I more concerned about maintaining a safe neutrality, strategizing on how I can get in the store, get what I came for, and get out? Might there be a greater purpose for my being at Walmart at that particular time? What do people see when they see me in the ordinary chores of life? Do they see the Jesus in me, or just another busy person trying to avoid eye contact with other people in the store, trying to get what I came for and get out?
What we value most is often on display. People are watching us all the time. So what are we advertising? I want to be like that truck. I want people to see JESUS on display when they look at me, whether in a church, post office, or a Walmart. The message of that truck spoke loudly to me. I want to be that moving billboard. I want to have Jesus on display in and through me wherever I am, for whoever I encounter throughout the day. How about you?
Lord Jesus, help us to love you more than our own lives, so much so that we become living testimonies to and for You. Amen.