When Others Can See God’s Light Within
by Dawn Ford
Have you ever wondered if those around you can see God through you, whether in your words or actions? What impressions are you leaving as you go about your busy days?
Jesus said He is the light of the world. Whoever follows Him never walks in darkness, but will have the light of life in them (John 8:12 paraphrased). But, what does that actually look like?
I’m usually a full-time stay-at-home mother and writer. The other day I filled in to train a new employee as cashier at my husband’s cafeteria. As a habit, I pray during the half hour drive in and ready my mind and spirit for the day ahead. This particular day I prayed that God would bring someone to me so that I could bless them in some small way.
We were busy that morning. And training someone on a computerized cash register is slow going in the best of circumstances. I introduced our nervous employee to the clients coming through and did my best to put him at ease. We serve an amazing bunch, and most go out of their way to be warm and friendly.
One such lady, who is always smiling, rain or shine, was patient when our employee got flustered and made several mistakes. She was encouraging and complimented the trainee, assuring him he was doing a great job. After he stepped away, I thanked the woman for always brightening my day, and especially for helping to make my employee feel like he fit in.
Later this lady came returned and said she wanted to be sure I knew the reason for her attitude was because she knew Jesus. She wanted to be sure to give glory where it was due—to her Lord and Savior.
To tell you the truth this caught me a little off guard. Not because I hide the fact that I’m a Christian. I often talk to the clients about being a Christian writer. I talk about going to church, and my son’s attending church youth rallies. What surprised me was the fact she was telling me about God and how He worked for the good in her life. I’d known her for years, and though I hadn’t been aware she was a Christian, I had always been drawn to her when she came through the line.
Now I knew why.
Her light permeated everything she did. Whether it was allowing someone to go in front of her, or if it was being generous when a mistake was made, or simply the smiling countenance she projected. I had noticed. Her light was shining before others just as Jesus said in Matthew 5:15 & 16.
“Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (ESV translation)
Have you ever been in a cave where the guides turn the lights completely off? It’s so dark you can feel it. What if the guide turns on a small pen light? All eyes would be instantly drawn to the light. Similarly, even the smallest God-light we shine will draw attention. It’s undeniable.
In this dark world it’s not hard to shine a little light and make a big difference. It can be in small kindnesses and generosities that in no way benefit you. It’s in our living right that others notice, and it encourages them to do better, be better, live better. It’s in the determination not to give up or blame others for situations. We are shining the light of Christ—the light of life—for others to see. And people will be drawn to that ultimate light-giver: Jesus.
Let’s talk about this! Have you ever been drawn to someone by their love and positive attitude? Why and what was it about that person that got your attention? Join the discussion here, in the comments below, or on our Facebook page, because we can all learn from and encourage one another!
When you live fully loved, resting in God’s love and grace, your light shines. As we grow in Him, He removes all those things, like sin, pain, and faulty thinking, that hinder our living as Imago Dei, Christ’s image bearers and light reflectors. Come to our next conference, held at Bethany Lutheran in Elkhorn, to learn how to surrender to God’s healing hand and live wholly and deeply loved.