I’ve never aspired to be an evangelist. In the past, even the word evangelism conjured up thoughts of going door-to-door with a Bible in one hand and a gospel tract in the other. But perhaps evangelism isn’t what I thought it was. God doesn’t need us to convince people to believe! If we consistently let His light shine through us, He will do the rest.
Recently I was having lunch with a music producer at an Asian restaurant near Music Row in Nashville. As we ate, we talked about music and ministry and in the course of the conversation I shared stories of how God had worked in my life. After a delicious meal with good conversation, we rose from the table to leave. But as we made our way to the door, a voice behind me got my attention. “Excuse me, can you tell me how to trust God more?” said a young man in his early twenties. “I’m sorry to bother you. I just couldn’t help overhearing part of your conversation. I thought maybe you could help me.”
By this time, all three of us were standing in the pouring rain outside the restaurant. The man explained that he was at a crossroads in his life. Hearing my stories had inspired him to believe that perhaps God would guide him as He had me. So right there in the rain we joined hands and poured our hearts out to the Lord. We praised Him for this chance meeting and prayed for God to shine His light into the young man’s darkness.
Imagine my surprise! I thought lunch was about my business, but it was really about the Lord’s. Without me even knowing, God’s light was shining through me on that day in the restaurant.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matt. 5:14–16)
In the Old Testament, the light of the glory of God rested on the ark of the covenant in the tabernacle. In fact, everywhere the ark went, God’s presence was manifested. When the Israelites carried the ark into battle, their enemies were scattered. When the Philistines placed the ark next to a statue of their god Dagon, the idol fell on its face, breaking off its head and hands (see 1 Samuel 5:1–4). When Jesus came to earth, the presence of God that had once rested on the ark of the covenant now dwelt in Him. Death had no power over the Lord, and demons and disease obeyed Him. Light and life flowed from Christ’s very being, and everywhere He went people wanted to experience it for themselves.
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:4–5)
Now because of the cross, all the power that once dwelt on the ark in the tabernacle and then in Christ Himself now rests on those who believe! With His spirit in us, God’s glory is reflected in our words, our actions, and our countenance.
For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” (2 Cor. 6:16)
If we could only comprehend the power and life that is in us through Christ! As we carry His light into the world, He will draw all men to Himself (see John 12:32). All we must do is carry the Lord’s presence and be sensitive to His leading.
A few years ago I was ministering in a British prison and many of the inmates received the Lord’s message of salvation with great joy. As I was preparing to leave, the chaplain said, “Isn’t it marvelous to just stand back, hold the Master’s coat, and watch Him work?”
We don’t have to convince the world to believe in Jesus. Our job is simply to display His glory and then just stand back and hold the Master’s coat while He does His work! May we have boldness to speak the truth and let His light shine wherever we are! If we are willing, He will use us to bring His kingdom and change the world.
Lord, forgive me when I live for my purposes rather than Yours. I yield myself to You completely and pray that You will use me to show the world what You look like! Shine Your light through my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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