In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 NRSV)
One of America's best loved comedians, Jack Benny, very carefully cultivated the image of being a tight-wad. That image was so carefully cultivated that everyone assumed it was real. Benny did nothing to discourage it, because it gave him a ready device for comedy.

One day he was having lunch with Edgar Bergen of "Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy" fame at the Brown Derby. Benny demanded the check. The waiter feigned surprise and said, "Mr. Benny, I'm surprised to hear you ask for the check."

"So am I," Benny said, "That's the last time I'll ever eat with a ventriloquist."

Once people think they have you figured out, it is difficult to change their perception. Jesus ran into this. He lived in a small town, in a small country. People knew his mother and father. They may have even known him in his role as a carpenter. Perhaps he had built a piece of furniture for them or replaced a handle on one of their favorite tools. After all, he did not begin his ministry until he was thirty. For most of his adult life he labored in a carpenter shop. Can you imagine how people responded when suddenly he proclaimed himself to be the one prophesied by the prophets?

People are still responding that way. Be a avenue of Christ's truth.

Dear God, give me the strength to share the truth of our savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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