May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations.” vss. 1-2Psalm 67:1-3
The psalmist hoped that when other nations saw how God had graciously blessed Israel they too would come to know the Lord as a source of saving power. These words remind us of Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount, “Let your light so shine before others, that they may see your good works and give glory to God.” It is true that our lives are probably the most effective evangelism tool that we have. If we have our acts together, do not hide our brokenness, and exhibit unconditional love in all our encounters, people are going to notice. They see when we give ourselves to sacrificial service, and when they also see the presence of God’s gracious blessings, they will be attracted. It has even been said, “You are the only bible that some person will ever read!” Some might consider this to be an unwelcome pressure in their lives, but it is actually a blessing. Sometimes it’s hard to speak of our faith to others, and it comes as a relief to know that we only have to be authentic in how we live. We live in an age when people are paid huge amounts of money for being influencers. That’s how the world operates. And it works in the Church too – as we live out our faith, people are watching, and they will be blessed.
Thought for the Day: Who am I influencing?