Recently my husband and I attended a dinner/show which featured an Elvis impersonator. It sounded like fun and something out of the ordinary. The dinner was wonderful, and we proceeded to the show. A band opened with songs from the 60’s and 70’s which we enjoyed. Then the music began. You know the music I’m talking about. The music that announces to everyone that Elvis is coming. It gets louder and more powerful. You know something great is about to happen. He is in the building and will soon be on the stage. The anticipation mounted as we all awaited his presence. Then finally, there he was! But, wait! That’s not the Elvis I envisioned! The Elvis I was looking for had coal black hair and lots of it. He had big hairy sideburns. This guy was missing some hair (quite a bit in fact). He had some sideburns but nothing like I was expecting. And, it appeared that he had been eating more than his share of peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Is this really Elvis?! I was expecting someone different. I knew the real Elvis wasn’t going to show up but I thought he would look like Elvis a bit more.
Funny how we all have expectations and then when they are not realized, we are a bit disappointed. Well, his voice did not disappoint. He sounded really good. He sang several songs and then the band would do a song and that routine continued through the evening. He sang many of the Elvis favorites we all know and love. He also sang a hymn (one of my favorites I might add), which Elvis often did. About 2/3 of the way through the show though, he introduced his Dad to the audience and began sharing about his family and his faith. It was so touching and as he shared his testimony I gained a new respect and admiration for this Elvis who was so unexpected. He had shared a bit about his career and it was evident that he had opened for several stars we all recognized. He had been on TV many times as well. But, he was simply still singing Elvis songs, which he loved and, in the process, walking out his faith, unashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This unconventional Elvis was doing what we are all called to do. God tells us in 1 Peter 3:15 “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,”
God wants to use all of us to share the good news and further His kingdom. He wants none to perish. If Elvis can do it on stage in front of a group of people, surely I can do it in the neighborhood, supermarket or restaurant with a few. We don’t have to worry about what we will say. God will give us the words. He promises in John 14:26 “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
I didn’t get the impression that this Elvis had planned to share his testimony but rather that it just came out as a natural result of his faith and obedience. 2 John 1:6 “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.” No one seemed offended by his testimony. In fact, everyone seemed pleased to hear it.
We may never know the blessings of our obedience to God’s call on our lives. Maybe we will simply plant a seed of faith that another will water. We may lead someone to faith in Christ. If it causes someone to be curious about God, they will seek to know more. We know that anyone who seeks Him, finds Him.
This unexpected Elvis and his witness reminded me that no matter where I go or who I meet, God has a plan and a purpose for my life. I better be about the Father’s business every day and open my mouth and hands so that He can use me. How about you? Have you experienced an unexpected and unconventional witness for Christ? Have you been one?