I found a million-dollar bill today. No, really! It was folded up and wedged into the end of a railing in front of my shop. On the front is the usual portrait of a US President–Rutherford B. Hayes–and the “1,000,000” and even a serial number–JS 2102COR135 G. Do you get it? James 2:10 and 2 Corinthians 13:5.
For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.
2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?–unless indeed you are disqualified.
On the back, on either side of a picture of George Washington crossing the Delaware, there was a short message that started and ended like this:
“The million-dollar question: Will you go to heaven when you die? …
Please, repent (turn from sin) today and trust alone in Jesus, and God will grant you the gift of everlasting life. Then read your Bible daily and obey it.”
I think it’s interesting that I find these things in my store now and then. I can’t imagine how many other shops around a mall like ours might get these tucked in amongst the shoes and purses and CDs and jewelry and such. And I wonder what people do with them when they find them? I keep them. I find them about every other month in my shop, and I have a nice little pile of them. One is a little booklet with a Smiley Face on the front. Another is a straightforward “Is this heaven?” with a picture of a farm on it. (In case you missed the reference, it’s a line from the movie “Field of Dreams.”) But one still stands out as my favorite.
On a 2-inch-square light blue Post-It note, written in yellow pencil was this:
Ask God to search your heart and show you how to serve him!
I found it stuck to a glass shelf next to some figurines, and of all the tracts and messages I have found, I still consider that to be the one that speaks to me every day. It is like the questions I ask God every day as I write:
- How can I serve You today, Lord God, through my writing?
- What do You want me to say about Your Word that will edify the readers?
- What problem do You want me to address through the verses You have led me to today?
I ask Him that every morning before I start to write. If I don’t ask those questions and WAIT for the answers, then I will start writing blindly, and quite likely, half an hour later I will end up scrapping whatever I have written. I find I MUST ask God how I can serve Him each day, or else I am writing nonsense. I write for HIM–not for me, not for my friends and relatives, not for the five fans of my blog, not for posterity when I am a best-selling author. I write for God. That is how I serve Him every day.
All the tracts I find or that are handed to me by the occasional evangelist, those are all well and good. I never throw them away, nor will I refuse them. I sometimes keep them or, as often happens, hand them off to a co-worker or a friend, or perhaps leave them at my church so others can find them and hand them out. The point is that someone else sat down and wrote those things. They searched their hearts and God told them to write. That is exactly what I do: write in the service of my God. I may not be handing out million-dollar bills, but I believe I am serving God. So now it’s your turn:
Ask God to search your heart and show you how to serve Him!