I hate being honked at! It makes me jolt and become disoriented, worrying more about what I did wrong than what I should be doing to drive my car forward. I don’t get honked at frequently, but when I do and the initial “what did I do wrong” thought goes through my head, I then start to blame the person who honked the horn. “They didn’t even give me a chance to see the light before laying into me.” or “They didn’t have to honk so loud; a polite tap would have done the trick.” This is all in Texas where the commutes are as easy as apple pie when compared to New York City or Los Angeles. My nerves would be shot before I ever started driving out there.
As Christians, it seems we are rarely willing to honk our horn for Jesus. And when we do honk it, we give it a little love tap that sounds more like “peep peep” than “HONK HONK.”
We are called to be disciple-making disciples (Matthew 28:19). How are we going to make disciples if we don’t first let the world know that we stand for Christ? You can honk your horn by hanging a Christian sign in the yard. Or by wearing Christian t-shirts while running errands or mowing the lawn. Put a bumper sticker for God in the back windshield of your car. Email everyone in your department at work inviting them to Bible study. HONK that horn, don’t love-tap it.
Make sure to pray for God’s direction on when and where you should honk the loudest. Just because we should honk doesn’t negate the fact that we need to follow Christ while doing so.
Check out Waving Flags for additional encouragement on this topic.
Matthew 5:16 – Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 4:19 – And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Mark 3:34-35 – Looking about at those who were sitting around Him, He said, “Behold My mother and My brothers! “For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”
Matthew 16:24 – Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.”