John 8:12 NIV “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Every day that I work, hundreds and hundreds of people either stop in their vehicles before me or walk up to me to get onto the military base where I work as a part time (semi-retired) security and access control guard. Because I’ve worked there about three years now, I know a lot of them by sight and quite a few by name. It’s like a stream of constant faces and personalities that parade before me.
I always try to be courteous and friendly and extend to them a general greeting or wish for their day. It’s amazing the variety of responses that I get. Some people are like little sun beams and they are a joy to see. Others can’t give me the time of day or even extend the common courtesy of looking at me. There’s an American Navy Padre working on the base right now and although I’m not supposed to, I always say to him “have a blessed day Padre”. It’s a joy to see the warm smile on his face.
And then there are those special people who bring a little sunshine with them where ever they go. They’re always smiling and appear to be mildly excited to see me. When time permits, we can exchange a few words and it is lifting when that happens. And once in a while I actually get hugged. I love that. People caring for people, and it takes so little effort.
And there are also those people who never smile, never say a word and have a tendency to stare past you. I feel that I should offer them a wash basin so they can clean off the contamination of being in my presence. People of many professions and nationalities are also within that constant stream. There are professionals and high ranking naval officers and cleaners and new recruits. It’s like a smorgasbord of people. The need for God’s light is so great.
There is so much darkness in this world and yet all of us have the opportunity to spread a little goodwill or sunshine where ever we are. A kind word, a word of encouragement, acknowledging the presence of someone with eye contact, going the extra mile with directions and identifying one’s self with a common mistake that someone else makes, to name but a few. And most importantly, sharing the Gospel, one to one, whenever the opportunity presents itself.
I’ve also noticed that once you extend the greeting of personal recognition and warmth, people look for it again. It’s like a little spot of warm that you are drawn to when it’s cold. There’s a real lack of that one to one warmth so when people find it, no matter where it is, they remember and look forward to it again.
I don’t know about you but watching the news as of late is getting really tiresome. All the lies, half truths, mud slinging and instances of self gratification wears me down. I like to stay informed but it’s not an easy chore to keep on top of these days. Injustice is rampant in so many areas and those we have elected to represent us seem in too many cases, to be more concerned with retaining their position and power, rather that addressing the common sense needs of the people. And then there is the dissension, clashing of wills so to speak, where neither side wants to truly listen anymore or is willing to compromise. And greed, the lack of regard for others seems to know no limits.
There are two sources of “warm spots” that I know of that counterbalance the turmoil and dissension that we experience from without and within. Jesus said He was and is the light. He is the source of true life. Reading God’s Word daily draws us closer to Him. It just does. And I’m not talking about a few verses we follow in a devotional, I’m talking about some real time spent in His Word. And time spent in earnest prayer, where we seek His presence, in us and around us. That’s where Jesus calms the storm for me, where He puts the priorities back into focus, where He gives me the reassurance that He is in control and that regardless of what my mind may think, His peace is still there, available for me to draw on.
A lot of people are not even aware of their spirit within them. We are more than the material mind, we are also spirit, created in the image of God. That spirit within us needs feeding, it needs to be in contact with our Creator, it needs to be guided and sustained, it needs to have hope, trust and faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of the Most High God. That’s reality. That’s the Gospel.
Share your light with others, the need is so great and don’t forget that we need to abide in His light also. If we don’t abide in Him, we won’t be able to do anything, as in nothing.
He wasn’t kidding.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!