Don’t be fooled by their happy faces, they need Jesus! It is the cultural norm and pressure to look as though they have it all together, but do not believe it for a moment. They feel the emptiness inside and figure they just have to muddle through the best they can. They don’t know that joy and purpose await them in Christ. Jesus may be the last Place they think to look for fulfillment. Maybe in their mind He’s a buzz-kill, a wet blanket, and a trap to a bunch of rules they can’t keep. The Lord may even be Someone they saw others claim to know, but no power or example sparked to make Him attractive.
This is where you and I come in. We are a walking advertisement for the truth and power of the gospel of Jesus. Now, this is not an invitation to pretend to have it all together. This is not the addition of one more heavy brick to your already heavy list of “shoulds”. It is something much more amazing than that: an invitation to simply let Christ in you do the shining through everything you are already doing. Let Him shine through your smile, your demeanor, your work, and your responses. People will notice because so few people are doing that kind of shining. They are used to negativity, backbiting, cheating, and rudeness. Christ’s light shimmering through you will give them hope. Make mention of God’s goodness every chance you get.
The world is starving for love with no ulterior motive, for genuine care and concern… they crave Jesus, but they don’t know it. Your light shining in your corner of the world is just the flesh-and-blood advertisement they need. This makes you invaluable, My Friend.
Go forth and shine today!