Is Your Light On?
“For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of (to) the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.” Acts 13:47
I have had many jobs in my lifetime, and I have been exposed to many people from all walks of life. For some of these people, I am sad we lost touch, and for some others, I am glad we lost contact. I looked at my jobs as simply a way to make money, but I failed to see why God placed me there. I saw monetary value in the job, but I did not see souls who were lost and going to hell. I was so earthly minded that I was no heavenly good. God opened my eyes and things began to change in 2015.
I was working for a large retail corporation, and in the retail world, it is a brutal business. The more you do, the more they expect from you and the less hours you get to complete your responsibilities. I was upset one particular day because I felt I was not given my due. I began to specifically complain about not having a Christmas party when God began to speak to my heart. God brought to my mind the employees who worked for me did not get a Christmas party either. He reminded me that I made more than they did, and I was the one complaining about a silly Christmas party. I decided that I would throw my staff a Christmas party and through this silly party, God began to work on me and change my mind on how I viewed those He gave me to work with.
I began to see these individuals as souls destined for hell, and God had given me a perfect opportunity to be a light in a dark retail place. I was more concerned about how they performed and if they met their time goals in a high-pressured retail environment than I was where they spent eternity. I would bark orders and demand them to work fast without real concern for them personally. They saw the worst of me as I was frustrated and angry with them at times. They saw my interactions with upper management, interactions that were not bathed in humility and godliness. I was not a light and God convicted me of my ungodly behavior to a people who desperately needed to see something different in me.
Where are you friend? Is your light hid under a bushel? Does your light shine bright in the world? How are you known at work? Do others know who your God is, or do they know you for your nasty disposition? Are you one who always complains and demands your rights or are you one who is grateful for the job God has given you? Do you stand out in a lost world? May our lives point others to the One who gave Himself for us, and may His light not be put out by our sin. God did not die for you to get your way, but He died to save the souls of mankind. Matthew 5:16 states, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." May our Father be glorified in all that we do and say, and may we impact eternity with the light that is in us.
Stay in the fight!