Whatever We Do

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do,; in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:15-17 (NRSV)

In January of 1959, Gordon B. Rose, from Indiana, was a relatively new Christian and was checking in at his new assignment at Osan Air Force Base in Korea. As an Airman Second Class he had two stripes on his sleeve. The Tech Sergeant who was also checking in had five, showing he outranked Gordon. When he used some profanity within earshot of the Korean woman who was handling their paperwork, Gordon quietly asked him to be careful of his language. Gordon could tell he did not take his suggestion very well. When they got outside, the sergeant angrily lashed out at Gordon and said that if he became his boss he would be in big trouble. When he became the sergeant over Gordon, he made good his treat by assigning him a severely damaged plane.

Gordon was determined that no matter how he treated him or how frustrating his assignment, he would repair that plane "as unto Christ." (Eph.6:5, KJV.) Gordon's faith helped him to do everything the sergeant asked him to do without complaining and with a positive attitude. After weeks of hard work, the plane Gordon had repaired passed a test flight with no problems. That August, because the sergeant had been so impressed by his work, he nominated Gordon to be Airman of the Month.

It is always best when we put Christ first in any situation and trust the outcome to God.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us not to be intimidated by others so that we can live out our Christian faith wherever we are, in Jesus' name, amen.

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