Righteous path possible in Sin City

It’s amazing how things come together. While on a business trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, this summer, several independent incidents formed a common train of thought for me. (It really was a work trip only, I promise.)

First, my hotel room mirror was lighted from within. Still, all of it, except the middle, steamed up from the shower even with the vent fan operating. That intrigued me because I could still see to comb my hair (both of them) after my shower without having to rub the mirror. When the light and fan were off, a night light showed through the base of the mirror. That light probably generated enough heat to keep the center of the mirror dry during the shower. Jesus is the light of the world who never goes out and helps us to see clearly (John 8: 12; 12: 35, 36, 46-49).

Second, while I stayed at one hotel, my business meeting was at another one that provided a complimentary, full-service breakfast to its guests. When I arrived for the meeting I privately informed the host that I wasn’t a hotel patron and wanted to pay for my breakfast. When he brought the bill, he thanked me for my honesty in front of my associates.

The next morning as part of my daily devotional, I read a magazine article that used the fact that Jesus ate with sinners to encourage church people to get out amongst the world and set a Christlike example to them (Luke 15: 1, 2; Matthew 9: 9-13 – keep in mind that I was in Sin City as the citizens themselves call it). Another magazine article I read that morning was based on 1 Thessalonians 4: 1-12 in which Paul tells us that we please God when we avoid sin, don’t take advantage of others (e.g., by failing to pay them what is due, among other things – Malachi 3: 5), and lead a quiet life that gains the respect of non-Christians (Matthew 6: 1-4).

When we simply lead our Christian life wherever we are, we also become a light to the world because we reflect Jesus’ glory onto others sometimes causing them to ask why we’re different (Ephesians 5: 8-10; 2 Corinthians 4: 6, 7; 3: 18; 1 Peter 3: 15, 16). While that didn’t happen at my breakfast meeting, I hope my example will at least become a seed in the mind of others that will germinate into burning questions to find the answer of hope. Maybe God will make that seed grow as some other Christians water it (1 Corinthians 3: 6).

What seemed to be several independent incidents may actually have been part of God’s master plan to continue transforming me into his likeness (definitely a long-term project) as he also helps one who may be open to the gospel, but is surrounded by sin (Romans 8: 28; Acts 17: 26, 27; Deuteronomy 4: 29; Hebrews 11: 6). I’m glad I went to Sin City.