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Acknowledge Him
December 2, 2013
by Pastor Jerry Nelson, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church, Cokato

When I was in graduate school, I went to a local restaurant for a sub sandwich and saw someone whom I knew. Well, I really didn’t know him, but I had heard him perform as a musician. As a matter of fact, he was a Christian, and his music performances were centered on Christ. I enjoyed his music and was interested to see him outside of his performing venues.

I had already completed most of my meal when he arrived, but I watched him as he came through the line and made his choice of meats and vegetables for his sub sandwich. Would he have the whole wheat? Mayo? Cucumbers? Would it be with cheese and oregano?

He took a seat across the restaurant from me. I thought I might walk over and talk with him for a while. I knew some of his friends and family. We had common interests in music and ministry.

But before I could move, he bowed his head and prayed for a minute before eating his meal. He discreetly took a few moments; moments that I’m sure had become a regular, daily custom in his life.

This wasn’t for show. He didn’t even know that I was there watching. He wouldn’t recognize me anyway, but his silent testimony of a relationship with the Lord ministered to me that day.

His actions spoke volumes of who he was. He was living out his faith. He thanked God for the gift of a meal, for the gift of money to pay for his daily needs.

In Proverbs 3:5-6, it says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” That day, I saw a Christian who wanted to acknowledge His need for the Lord and thank Him for the provision given him.

He was practicing the presence of God, and living out the principle of “praying without ceasing.” I could sense that his faith was real and genuine; his music and the songs that he sang were from his heart. He trusted in Jesus.

I never talked to him that day, but I was encouraged in my faith by his example. I began to ask myself if my life would speak strongly to anyone. What would my life tell others about my relationship with Jesus?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and love Him. Be real, even in the times that you are seemingly alone. People will see Jesus in you.


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