Out of Uniform
“Is this the same man . . .”
In the Gospel of John, chapter 9, we read the story of Jesus encountering a man who had been blind since birth. As Jesus often did, He chose to heal this man of his physical infirmity, his blindness. The Bible goes on to say that after his healing, his neighbors, who once knew him, and those who had previously seen him blind, were unable to recognize him. The man they had known was a blind man. This man could now see. Soon they began asking each other, “Is this the same man . . .?” Some said he was. Others said—No. The man kept telling the people, “I am the same man” . . . . . . . . . . .
The other day, while I was walking about, I walked by a Riverside firefighter, whom I have met, and whom I have spoken to on more than one occasion. The strange thing was, when I saw him, I almost walked right by him because I didn’t recognize him. I didn’t recognize him because he was out of uniform. I had always seen him in a fire department uniform. I had never seen him or spoken to him, otherwise. I knew him by his first name when I saw him in uniform. Yet, out of uniform, he appeared as a stranger to me. At first glance, I wasn’t sure if he was the same man.
This experience caused me to begin thinking about my own life. I began to ask myself—How do people see me? Am I the same person in uniform as I am out of uniform? In other words, am I the same person in the fire stations or police cars as I am away from them? Am I the same person in my home as I am in the church? Do people recognize me as a Christian, no matter where I am? Or do they ask themselves, “Is this the same man?”
My point is this: as Christians, we are to be the same man, the same woman, in uniform and out. No matter where we are, no matter what we’re doing, we are to live a life, so that people will always be able to say, “He is the same man.”
“I am the same man”
Stay in your spiritual uniform,