27. What’s that Ticking Sound?

Again, out of the blue, Stan had one of his questions.  “Do you know one of the greatest questions you can ever be asked?”

“I’m sure I can come up with an answer,” I replied with a smile, “but I bet it won’t be the one you have in mind. Tell me what you think.”

“What makes you tick?”

“Are you asking me, or is that the question?”

“That’s the question you should hope someone asks.’

“Please explain,” I responded.

“Your life, my life, as well as the life of any professed Christian, should be so different from what the world has grown to expect that a person wants to know why that is so by asking ‘What makes you tick?’”

“And,” Stan continued, “each one of us has to be prepared with an answer that may affect that  person’s life and eternal destination.”

“The ticking sound that makes us tick and what makes us different from the world is the heartbeat of the Risen Christ living in us.  That is what we are to demonstrate and share with the watching world.”

“Great thoughts, Stan, but do you always do that?”

“I think you know me better than that!” he exclaimed with a smile, “but that is the goal; that is what I aim at every single day.”

“Am I entitled each day to hear the Lord’s ‘well done’?” Stan said, almost as if he was talking to himself.  “Absolutely not!” He said emphatically, “but the hope of that is what stirs me each morning and sets me on the intended path.”

“As I explained to you at the beginning,” Stan said, “I am a maturing Christian, not a mature one.  With each step in the maturing process, the ticking sound is to get louder, and more and more people are to ask, ‘what’s that ticking sound?’”


Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to every one who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.       1 Peter 3:15.

Prayer:  Lord, that I manifest you in every aspect of my life is your desire.  I know that and you know that, and you also know how much I need your help.  I ask for your help so that I am always ready, willing, and able to provide the answer you want for whoever asks.  Amen

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