"For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes..."1
A young boy asked his mother if she would go with him to his elementary school's first teacher-parent conference. To his surprise she said she would go. This embarrassed the boy because, though his mother was beautiful, she had a terrible scar right across one side of her face.
This was the first time his teacher and classmates saw his mother and because of his embarrassment, he withdrew from them and tried to hide himself. However, he overheard his teacher ask how his mother's face was scarred.
"When my son was a baby," the mother replied, "he was in a room that caught on fire. Everyone was afraid to go in because the fire was out of control, so I went in. As I was running toward his crib, I saw a beam coming down and I placed myself over him to shield him. I was knocked unconscious but fortunately, a fireman came in and saved both of us…the scar is permanent but to this day, I have never regretted doing what I did."
Hearing what his mother did for him, the boy ran towards her with tears in his eyes. He hugged her and felt an overwhelming sense of thanks for the sacrifice she made to save his life.2
Too often I see people hiding the fact that they are Christians for fear of what others might think or say. But Jesus died for us!! If it hadn't been for Him, we would be lost! May we, too, feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the sacrifice Jesus Christ made and be proud of the fact that we are followers of Christ.
Suggested prayer: Dear God, thank you for Jesus who gave His life as a living sacrifice for me. Help me not be ashamed, but may I live for and serve you proudly. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen.
1. Romans 1:16 (NLT).
2. Adapted from a story by Lih Yuh Kuo in Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Today's Encounter was written by: Crystal B.
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