Show Love and Shine Light

The men and women with whom we work who do not truly know the Lord are headed toward an eternity apart from God.   That ought to melt our hearts and cause us much concern.  And I’m sure it does.  So what can we do?   Here is the way Jesus answered that question:

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”             Matt 5:16

Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.”  In other words, you and I live and work in a dark world, but we have the awesome privilege to bring the True Light into that world.  Even more, we have been strategically positioned by God exactly where He wants us to shine.  As you work and relate to others, you have the daily opportunity to point others to Him.  But how do we do this effectively?

  1. It all starts with love.  (1 Cor. 13)  Ask God to break your heart for those in your life who do not YET know Him.  Feel their pain and lostness.  Think about their future.  Look at them the way God does, knowing He desires none to perish, but each person to know Him.

  2. Pray for them.  No need to tell them you are praying for them, simply pray.  Ask God to divinely arrange opportunities to show His love and shine His light.

  3. Be a friend.  Learn what’s going on in their lives and show concern.  That alone will open many doors.  Refuse to judge or condemn, rather accept them for who they are, where they are.

  4. Shine the light by sharing how your faith in God is central to your life. (1 Pet. 4:5)  It’s important to discern what the Spirit is leading you to do.  Sometimes we are to share a bright light, while at other times we need more of a nightlight.  The key is to be ready and obey immediately.  The beauty of the marketplace is that we will most likely see these people again tomorrow or soon, so we don’t have to accomplish everything in one day.  But we do need to be intentional.  I’ll write more about this at another time, but suffice it to say, it’s a good idea to know how to share your “story” in various ways and lengths.

  5. Pray for the seeds that you had the opportunity to plant.

  6. Follow up.  Stay engaged and continue to show love and concern.  Continue to share how God is central to your life.  Answer any questions they have or give them books that will help.

Is your heart soft for those who do not yet know Christ?  If not, ask God to fill your heart with His love.

Are you ready to share your faith-walk with others?  If not, do some preparation and get ready.

May God be exalted in all our conversations,

Jeff Wilson

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