The Power of a Godly Man
I met Louis on the back porch at a kid's birthday party. We did the friendly head nod and started talking as our kids ate cake. Before I knew it, we were talking about his story - a story of redemption. Jesus rescued Louis from the streets. He pulled him from two drug-dealing parents into the light. Louis had been a drug-dealer himself as well. His life was filled with violence and sin.
That is, until he met a godly man.
When Louis met a bishop at a church in his hometown, everything changed. Louis did not believe a man could be faithful, but here was this man. He was faithful to his wife and loving to his community. He drew strength from Jesus and did not try to puff himself up like Louis and his friends (who Louis says were really just scared). This man - this bishop - introduced Louis to the risen Jesus Christ. He will never be the same.
In his book, Mansfield's Book of Manly Men, author Stephen Mansfield explains:
All it takes for a contagious manly culture to form is for one genuine man to live out genuine manhood.
As I met Louis, I met a godly and Christ-like man. Tender with his kids, faithful to his wife, gentle, strong, and confident, Louis has now been built by God into a man who builds other men. He boldly admits his deep need for Jesus. It started with Louis meeting that bishop some ten years ago.
Being made in God's image, we reflect God to the world. If we are followers of Christ, we are his ambassadors to the world (2 Cor. 5:20). We show the world what Jesus is like and we offer a way to him. Of course, if our righteousness were the only thing that reflected Jesus, we'd be bad ambassadors. We mess up and fall short. But the goal isn't necessarily to be the perfect example; rather we show others the example of Christ as we point to him. As we show others the grace of Christ, we too will be further transformed. It's a beautiful and powerful process.
Who is watching you? What is your life teaching them?