Lessons from a garbage collector
By Tom Davis
As the story goes, in 1972, a young Egyptian businessman lost his wristwatch, valued at roughly $11,000.
An old Egyptian garbage collector, one of the poorest among the poor, a Coptic Christian, returned the watch. He explained, “My Christ told me to be honest unto death.”
The businessman replied, “I do not know this Christ, but I see Him in you. Because of what you have done and by your example, I will worship the Christ that you worship.”
True to his word, the businessman studied the Bible and grew in his faith. He and his wife began ministering to the poor who live and work in the piles of refuse outside Cairo known as Garbage City.
Today, that businessman, Father Sam’an, leads the largest church of believers in the Middle East.
Imagine this type of sacrifice in the context of a marriage. In John 12:24, Jesus said “unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”
Love grows from our daily choices to “die to ourselves” (1 Corinthians 15:31). You plant an $11,000 Rolex in the dirt and out of it grows the largest church in the Middle East.
My willingness to “die” daily in my marriage could produce beautiful fruit—even if I don’t see it.
My “buried Rolex” might be doing the dishes when I don’t feel like it. Or getting up 15-30 minutes earlier to read God’s Word. It means in the heat of an argument giving my spouse a blessing (Honey, I hear you. I’m sorry I did that) instead of a curse (Really?! Well, you …!). It is saying no to my wants and yes to the needs of my spouse.
One small act of obedience has the potential to produce a lifetime of fruit.
Read how one wife put herself in her husband’s shoes to really appreciate him.
The good stuff: “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” (Mathew 25:21)
Action points: How will you serve Christ by serving another? What small act of kindness or sacrifice can you do today to honor God’s Son and anticipate the reward?
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