"Look, Laura. There's Mr. Roberts!" Max directed his sister's attention across the crowded stadium to a man who was walking down one of the aisles. "Dad, Mr. Roberts is a policeman, so why isn't he wearing his uniform?" Max asked.
"Because he's off-duty," said Dad.
"Off-duty?" asked Laura. "What does that mean?"
"It means he's not working at his job today," explained Dad as the lights started to dim. "I'm off-duty, too, since I'm not working at the office. That's why he and I could both come to the circus today."
A little later, Max and Laura watched breathlessly as one of the men on the trapeze bars swung through space to be caught by another. Laura clapped her hands. "Good thing that man on the trapeze wasn't off-duty!" she exclaimed.
Max laughed. "Right!" he agreed. "If he hadn't been on the job, the guy he was supposed to catch would have been in trouble big time!"
At the intermission, Dad let Max and Laura go to the refreshment stand. When they got back to their seats, Laura broke her hot dog in two. "While we waited to get a drink, a boy bumped into Max and made him drop his hot dog," she reported as she gave one half to her brother, "so we're sharing mine." She grinned. "Max said, Excuse me,' just as though it was his fault! But it wasn't!"
"Well, good for you--both of you," approved Dad. "Your kind actions and sharing show you're on duty for Jesus today. You never know when what you do and say may be a witness for Him."
As Max and Laura rode home from church with their parents the next day, they had news. "There was a new kid in Max's class," said Laura, "and guess what? It was the boy who bumped into Max at the circus yesterday!"
Max nodded. "He said he never went to Sunday school before. His family moved in next door to my teacher's house."
"Now I'm doubly glad you were on duty for Jesus yesterday!" exclaimed Dad. "That boy probably remembers you, too. If you had been rude to him in either what you did or said, it would have been a poor testimony for Jesus. But you were kind, so your actions were a good witness for Him."
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you remember that you should always be on duty for Jesus? Do you watch for opportunities to witness for the Lord? Are you alert and eager to respond to others with kindness, patience, and friendliness? Are you polite at all times, even if others are rude to you? Don’t be an off-duty Christian. Be on duty for Jesus wherever you are.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 Timothy 4:12 (KJV)
Be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
*Verse displayed is NKJV