Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries
April 23, 2018
An Honorable Witness
The Lutheran Hour
April 21, 2018
Accept No Substitutes

IT’S WHAT WE DO               Young man reading bible

By Pastor Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of “The Lutheran Hour”

In the Civil War, the actions of one Army nurse became the subject of considerable concern.  That was because she often wandered into the battlefield and would return to the medical center with a soldier who was in special need of attention.  It made no difference to her if the wounded was wearing blue or gray.  The nurse went out and brought back the wounded.

Eventually, she received a gentle reprimand which said, “You have no business on the battlefield.” Then she was asked, “Do you understand?”  She said she did.  Then, after the next battle she was, once again, seen wandering around in no man’s land combat zone.  An officer came out and began to scold, “You have been instructed.  What do you think you’re doing on the -- ?”

Before he could finish, she gave him an icy stare and, in a tone which indicated the matter was closed, she said, “What am I doing? I’m looking for wounded.  Looking for the wounded is what I do.” 

How many churches and individuals can say the same?  More than 4,000 people were asked what first had brought them to church.  About 15-20% had various reasons, but somewhere around 75-90% had been brought to the church through the influence of friends and relatives who had gone out into the battlefield and brought back those who had been wounded.

Witnessing is what we do.  Now we all know many people who think witnessing is obnoxious and pushy.  And there are throngs of folks who believe we ought to mind our own business.  In reality, there are two reasons we ought to share the story of salvation with sinners: Jesus asked us to, and the lost desperately need to know how they can be saved.  Can you say “It’s what I do?”