While at a public pool, a gal pulled up a chair and joined me poolside. She immediately reminded me of the Cyndi Lauper I remembered from the 1980’s, with her bright skirt, cutoff fishnet stockings, and hair of different colors piled atop her head. Her bright blue eyes danced wildly as she we watched our kids in the water and began to speak. Within minutes, she had spilled out the details of her life to me. She shared her broken marital status, a recent move to the area, her negative opinion of her religious in-laws, and how she refused to teach her children that being gay was wrong. Here was a gal who was being open and visibly transparent about the pain and hardship she was experiencing, along with her belief system.
In the Christian church, the catch phrase Live out Loud or Let Your Light Shine are often used to encourage us to share our faith with those around us, whether it be in word or deed. Billy Graham was also quoted as saying, “The world judges a Christian by his life, not by his belief.” Being socially aware and available, play a huge role in being used by the Lord to share your faith.
The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Philippians, exhorts… “And this is my prayer; that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ- to the glory and praise of God.” (Phil. 1:9-11.) As we draw from the Lord’s love, so will it flow from us out unto others.
Being socially aware, simply put, is first of all being aware of your environment and those that surround you. And then, being able to interpret and react in an empathetic manner to the emotions and feelings of those around you. It means being less self-absorbed, and being open to being used by the Lord wherever you may go.
John 14:16 promises us, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever.” Staying in communion with the Lord is key to being able to hear the prompting of the Holy Spirit. When you are in tune with the Lord and actively seeking ways to point people to Jesus, you will be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Joshua 1:9 tells you to be strong and courageous! The Holy Spirit will embolden the believer to speak out words of truth, hope, and encouragement. When you put your trust in the Lord, He will provide the words for you to speak out. “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving… that God would open to you a door for the word, so speak the mystery of Christ…” Colossians 4:2-3
Speaking about the Lord our Savior requires faith! Matthew 21:22 reassures us, “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” If you ask the Lord to use you to share the good news of salvation and hope in Christ, and are willing to step out in faith, He will provide the message of truth for you to speak out. The Lord will provide the words of hope that person needs to hear at that exact moment in time when you surrender yourself to the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit who works in and through you. He will never fail you. We must walk closely with the Lord and be willing to act upon what He tells us to do or say.
Colossians 4: 5-6 tells us to “Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” When a person is hurting, often, they are open to receive a word of encouragement or even an offer of prayer, in spite of their own beliefs. Pain can open the door to the heart and allow one to receive hope from the Lord. Ephesians 5:15-16 says, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
If you would like more opportunities to share your faith with others, be socially aware of the opportunities the Lord presents before you in your day-to-day walk with Him. 2 Corinthians 5:7 reminds us, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” Each interaction you have with a stranger could be a window of time for you to share the word of truth and hope into a soul that desperately needs the Light and Life of Christ. Be prayerful in your day, communing with the Lord. Be watchful for situations to share the good news of Christ. Step out in faith as the Lord leads you. Surrender and trust in Him, and He will use you at a precise time. Colossians 4:17 exhorts us to, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.
”In closing, I leave you with ONE… MORE… THOUGHT… the Bible reminds us, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2 Imagine that!
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Thank you so much for sharing this post Annette; it was really encouraging and insightful! In reading this article, I realized just how much I can be/get “lost in my own little world” so to speak, causing me to miss opportunities that the Lord gives to speak an encouraging word to those that are hurting and share His love with them. Proverbs 27:5 (NKJV) states that, “Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed”; love is an action word, and we as children of the Most High God have to be willing to (as you said) step out in faith to show the love of Christ to each person we encounter. This post has been a great reminder of this all important truth, and I pray that the Lord will help each one of us to be willing and obedient to Him in all that He asks/leads us to do.Thank you again!
Amen Ashlee! Thank you for sharing your spiritual insight. I especially enjoyed your take on LOVE being an action word. You’re right! Whether by word or deed it is a call to action. Lord, may we be able to step out in faith when we are called to action by You. Amen🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻
Praise the Lord!
AMEN Amy!!! “Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 106:1 🙌🏻🕊🙌🏻🕊
So often we can become so wrapped up in ourselves and our own life that we forget God’s plan is so much greater than just us. Taking our eyes off of our life and focusing on Jesus gives us that freedom to be used by Him.
Thanks for the encouraging reminder!
Yes! Exactly! Colossians 3:2 tells us, “Set your mind on things above, not on things that are on earth.” This is not an easy task! But with Christ, we can do all things. Philippians 4:13! 🙌🏻🕊🙌🏻🕊
I love Devine appointments with God, thanks for sharing this Annettet. It’s a good reminder to be social and share empathy to lift up others, including those you do not know yet !
Amen sista! Being open to the idea of Divine Appointments and embracing the idea of being used by the Lord is the first step! “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6 🕊❤️🕊