S.P.A. Women Ministries,  Inc.

Relax, Relate, Release in God

By: Evangelist Rose Hargett

Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and Glorify your Father which is in Heaven (Matthew 5:16, KJV)

I was in the New Jersey Path terminal one day headed to New York. I had some time to spare and decided to stop at a popular deli for some coffee before I started my journey which was inside of the terminal near my train. I overheard a conversation between an overly enthusiastic Christian woman preaching to a couple of young ladies who appeared to be homeless. I could see by the look on the young ladies’ faces that they were not happy. The Christian woman went on and on talking to them without an ounce of compassion or mercy, telling them they needed Jesus. One of the young lady’s looked as though she’d had enough of what sounded more like a Bible bashing session. She said, “Look lady, you come in here all of the time condemning us as though we have no feelings. All I asked you for was some spare change so I could get something to eat, keep your money. We don’t need you scorning us; life has done enough of that to us.” I felt so bad hearing those words. They all got up and walked away. I walked over to the young lady that spoke and discreetly put some money in her hand, smiled and said, “Jesus loves you and so do I.” She looked at me with tears streaming down her face.

As Christians, I think we tend to forget that we are saved by the grace of God; not because we are so good, but because He is so merciful. I often think about Jesus’s approach in reaching souls. The love He displayed was amazing so why do we feel it necessary to treat others who don’t know the Lord as though they don’t deserve the same grace and mercy that was given so freely to us? I don’t know if it’s because we’re trying so hard to prove who we are that we miss the opportunity to show the love of Christ but I’ve learned that the only thing we need to do is show love, I promise you, they will see the light of Christ in you. Before I gave my heart to the Lord, I could spot a Christian anywhere; there was a light that shined through them and the love they displayed was almost tangible- that’s the way it should be.

One of the greatest sermons Jesus spoke, regarding that light that we are to let shine was, “The Sermon on the Mount,” Matthew 5:14-16 (MSG)

You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

Thought for the Week: Remember, for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. Ephesians 5:8

Scripture References: 1 Peter 2:9, John 8:12, Matthew 5:14