This week I had the privilege of speaking twice at my church on the subject of developing a personal quiet time. While I love ministering to women through the written and spoken Word, my greatest joy comes when I see women in the audience who I have come into contact with outside the church. This past Friday, the owner of the dry cleaners I patronize as well as my friend and decorator attended our women’s luncheon that I speak at. Both are now getting more involved in the church. One of them has joined our Sunday school class. The other plans to do Bible study with us. I thought, “If my faith walk had not been consistent when I was around them or if they had seen anything hypocritical in me over the past few years, they probably wouldn’t be here.” I thanked God for the strength he gives me to walk faithfully and consistently in the path he sets before me.
Consistency in our Christian walk is essential if we want to draw others to Christ. In Matthew 5:14, God’s word says:
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.”
While many may be resistant at first to the light that shines through us, eventually the love of Christ through us will draw them to faith in God. Sometimes it takes years. We must be that light in everything we do, whether it’s at our jobs, the work out facility, the grocery store or the dry cleaners. We are Christ’s representatives here on Earth. He uses us to draw others to his Kingdom. It is a great an awesome responsibility that Christians need to embrace.
Years ago, I attended a baby shower for a co-worker and I was seated next to the wife of a public figure in our city. I ended up sharing my faith with her. While she listened and gave me somewhat of a blank stare, a few months later she called me excitedly to tell me “I get it now Lisa! I really get it and I wanted you to know that I’ve accepted Christ into my life. Thanks so much for sharing.” As far as I know, she and her husband are still growing in their faith and participating in ministry activities, all because I didn’t hide my lamp under the salad bowl!
If sharing your faith is difficult for you to do, pray for boldness. If walking the talk doesn’t come easy for you, pray each morning for the Lord to live and speak through you. I like to pray for “God encounters,” asking my Father in Heaven to bring someone into my path that I can be his light to. It is great to watch God work in this way! He is always faithful.
Is God’s light shining through you on a daily basis? If not, maybe it’s time to plug in your lamp to the power source, the Word of God, which gives us everything we need to brighten the light within us.