For years I prayed for opportunities to witness to nonbelievers. I berated myself if I failed to notice those opportunities or neglected to bring Christ into my conversations.
But my spiritual mentor, Loretta, isn’t encumbered with the urgency to evangelize. She said her job is to meet with God each morning through prayer, worship, and Scripture. Then she makes herself available to God’s leading as she goes through her day. When God opens doors for Loretta to share her faith, she gladly steps into that sacred space.
“When you think about it,” Loretta said, “we choose every day whether to be light or darkness to others by our words and actions.”
I nodded, recalling the passage where Jesus tells His followers, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds, and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
Loretta’s words about choosing light versus darkness made me realize . . .
Letting my light shine for others isn’t about concocting “good deeds” or cramming the gospel into someone’s heart.
Letting my light shine means my words and behavior at any given moment and situation will reflect Christ—the Light of the world—who lives within me.Tweet
Choose Light—walk in a manner worthy of Christ.
Choose darkness—live for self and demand my own way at any cost.
Someone once told me, “People are watching.”
That’s a scary thought if you want to be a good witness for Christ. And being a light can ‘turn off’ people who live in the dark.
Here’s an illustration from Loretta’s life:
In my fifties, God amazed me with His perfect timing and provision when I received a phone call from a company offering me a job. I was over the moon to find employment. But, shortly after being hired, my immediate supervisor told me to “get real.”
This four-foot-ten woman perceived me as a Miss Goody Two Shoes. She clearly disliked me and wasn’t afraid to let me know regardless of those around us. She called me a fake and then added, “I’m not falling for the game you’re playing. Nor, the God stuff.”
Her words shocked me because I didn’t try to evangelize or talk about God unless it was already part of the conversation. A month into my job, I sat at my desk with my stomach in a knot and asked God, “Why am I here?”
And God said, “For her!”
I turned my head in time to see my feisty supervisor reach for something off a shelf. A cold prickle of fear ran up my spine. “God, help me!”
That’s when I learned to give up what I wanted (a kindhearted supervisor) and submit to whatever God wanted to accomplish in that stressful environment.
Whenever I went to work and wanted to cry, “Father, I can’t,” I knew from experience that God can. I relied on Him to breathe and carry me through me each day.
After four months of that woman’s senseless accusations, St. Jude bought our company. They were getting rid of all contractors which included me. Each day, employees were called into the office and given their notice to leave.
One morning my supervisor came to me in tears. She told me to report to the office. When I returned to my desk, she was in my chair. Still tearful, she pleaded, “You can’t leave until you tell me the purpose of life.”
Can you imagine? I’d seen some softening of her heart, and now I had the opportunity to share the gospel. I sowed the seeds of faith. She didn’t accept Christ as her Savior that day, but God was in the experience for both our good. And I knew God would continue the work He’d begun.
Is there a difficult person in your life who needs to see Christ’s Light in you?
How would you live differently if you knew God purposely placed that person in your life?
Photo: Jennifer Wrede