Several years ago I had the blessing of being our church’s first receptionist. Prior to me taking the position, we didn’t have a particular person answering the phones and greeting the people who came through the front door. However, as our church grew, the need to delegate some responsibilities (I’ll call them blessings) also grew.
I soon discovered that this position provided an opportunity to meet many new people, both to me and to the church. It also gave me an opportunity to serve in a way that seemed to suit my personality. I am cheerful by nature, and I’ve been told that my voice is a pleasant one on the phone. So, as I dove into this new area of service, I was filled with joy by being able to use a gift that seemed to come so easily to me.
One of the ladies who often called into the office used to refer to me as the “First Impression Specialist”. On Sunday mornings, she’d even introduce me that way to the people we met! I loved the description and new “title”, but with it also came more responsibilities…whoops, I mean blessings. I became acutely aware that as people called in or came into the office, they were looking for Jesus. They were hoping to find the fellowship, joy and healing that He offers. And so, as I realized this, I made a point of trying to shine His light through my words, actions and even my demeanor. I didn’t want their first impression of this house of worship to be negative. Now…I am not perfect – far from it! I know that there have been times when I have not been a good witness. However, at other times, I have been blessed to be able to reach out and share His love.
“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16, NIV)
That verse in Matthew reminds me of the children’s song, “This Little Light of Mine” —This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…Let it shine, Let it shine, Let it shine. It goes on to remind us not to hide the light (Christ’s Light) nor allow the enemy to snuff it out. But instead, to let it shine for all to see until Christ’s return! What great advice!
As I go through my day, I am reminded to let my light shine. You never know who may be watching. When trials come and we look to Jesus for strength, people will see. When we remember to reach out in love to those around us, people will see. When we stumble and fail…and then grasp God’s hand to help us up again, people will see. If we want to point people to Jesus, we need to become “First Impression Specialists” because our most powerful witness is in our actions. So, let us remember to show His Love and His Light to the world. That way, He will shine for all to see.
How can you shine for Jesus today?
Shining for Him,
Joan Davis started her blog, The Beauty in His Grip, in order to share her thankfulness to God for His redeeming hand on her life. She believes that everything happens for a reason and the life-lessons learned along the way should be shared with others in order to build up the body for Christ. It is her desire is to encourage other women through the lessons that God has taught her. Joan shares the incredible truth that we can never fall so far that we are beyond the reach of God. There are no lost causes, for He loves us all. It doesn’t matter how rocky our pasts, God will always accept us when we surrender our lives to Him. With Christ we can live a life filled with abundant joy simply by knowing and experiencing Him through His mercy, grace and unfailing love.