The Law of Leaving
“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. 24And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. 25And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan” (Matthew 4:23-25).
A few days ago I heard a man share a story he experienced with his missionary mentor as they stopped at a random gas station and entered into a typically not-so-clean restroom. After both men used the restroom and washed their hands, the mentee noticed that his mentor had grabbed tissue and starting wiping clean the toilets. With more tissue or paper towels he then proceeded to wipe clean the sinks. The bathroom was already a mess before they entered thus the mentee felt that the behavior of his mentor was strange and maybe obsessive/ compulsive. Filled with curiosity, as they returned to the highway, the mentee inquired of the mentor, “What was that about in the bathroom? Why did you clean it?” The mentor responded, “As disciples of Christ we are to always leave things in a better condition than we found it.” He went on to indicate that the people who would enter the bathroom after them would have a better experience because of how the people of God left the bathroom. Dear saints, I am calling this Christian principle the Law of Leaving.
Because Christians follow Christ we must refrain from selfish behaviors and exercise the critical Law of Leaving. When Jesus encountered people, they oftentimes suffered from being blind, diseased, leprous, paralyzed, deaf, and demon possessed. However by the time Jesus departed they were healed. Jesus always left a scene better than He found it. Earthly, Christ left this world better than He found it and created it.
How do you engage in the Law of Leaving? When you enter a situation do you leave it better than it was found or is it worse in your departure? True leadership is not just about how you prepare to obtain the job; it is also about the quality in which you leave it. As Christians everything we touch should be better because of our professed vocation of ministerial service. In your Christian walk, intentionally search for the countless ways you can shine through the Law of Leaving. Remember, you are the clay In the Potter’s Hands. God has paved a way to save and comfort you today!