And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
– Colossians 3:17
When I began to think about what being a witness for Christ looks like, I thought about a brief conversation that I had recently with a very kind man. You may know him. He is an older gentleman who greets people as they come in to shop at Sam’s Club. As I walked into the store on a hot summer day, he greeted me with a pleasant smile and some welcoming words, “Good Morning! How are you today?” After I responded to him with, “Great…. How are you?” we began an enlightening conversation.
He asked me if I had any idea why an 80 plus year old man would work 40 hours a week, standing on his feet all day (except for breaks) just to greet people. He then proceeded to explain why….. He said that he had been so blessed in his life, and he want to be a blessing to others for the time he had left on this earth. He said that if he can show Christ’s love to every person that walks through the door by greeting them with kind words and conversation, or a friendly smile, then he will have had a very successful day! He said, “The Lord gives me the strength to stand all day because I couldn’t do it on my own.” He went on to say, “You never know what others may be going through in their lives, so if I can brighten their day in some small way and show them a glimpse of Christ’s love, then I’ve done my job. I don’t do this for the money. I don’t need any of that, I just want to make the most of each and every day as I try to be a good witness for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
Since that day, I’ve thought about him a lot and his approach to being a Christian witness to those around us. We don’t have to preach the word, but through our actions and kind words, we can let others witness the love of Christ, and let our light shine for all to see!
He was a wonderful, simple witness for Christ that day and every day! We can all think of simple ways to be a good witness. The kind man and the conversation has stayed with me, and now I am trying to do the same in the simplest ways. Will you?
PRAYER: Loving God, let us be a daily witness for you. Help us to show your love to those we come in contact with whether it’s at work, school, church or in our homes. Let your light always shine through us so others can witness Your abundant love.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: What can I do today to be a good witness and show Christ’s love to others?
Written by Lori Clayton
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