“For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of (to) the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.”Acts 13:47
I have had many jobs in my lifetime, and I have been exposed to many people from all walks of life. For some of these people, I am sad we lost touch, and for some others, I am glad we lost contact. I looked at my jobs as simply a way to make money, but I failed to see why God placed me there. I saw monetary value in the job, but I did not see souls who were lost and going to hell. I was so earthly minded that I was no heavenly good. God opened my eyes and things began to change in 2015.
I was working for a large retail corporation, and in the retail world, it is a brutal business. The more you do, the more they expect from you and the less hours you get to complete your responsibilities. I was upset one particular day because I felt I was not given my due. I began to specifically complain about not having a Christmas party when God began to speak to my heart. God brought to my mind the employees who worked for me did not get a Christmas party either. He reminded me that I made more than they did, and I was the one complaining about a silly Christmas party. I decided that I would throw my staff a Christmas party and through this silly party, God began to work on me and change my mind on how I viewed those He gave me to work with.
I began to see these individuals as souls destined for hell, and God had given me a perfect opportunity to be a light in a dark retail place. I was more concerned about how they performed and if they met their time goals in a high-pressured retail environment than I was where they spent eternity. I would bark orders and demand them to work fast without real concern for them personally. They saw the worst of me as I was frustrated and angry with them at times. They saw my interactions with upper management, interactions that were not bathed in humility and godliness. I was not a light and God convicted me of my ungodly behavior to a people who desperately needed to see something different in me.
God used the Christmas party to view my staff as people and not just employees. He opened my eyes to their greatest need of Him, and He worked in me to be a light in a place that was devoid of Him. He taught me that I was His ambassador, and the things that I did were a reflection of Him. I was not my own and my job was to make Him look good and not to make myself look good. I started to pray for those who worked for me, and I would walk the store early in the morning and pray for them as I passed the places they would soon occupy. I grew to love them and care about them more than I cared how they performed in their jobs, and in return, they performed beyond expectations. I did not have to yell, throw things, or shake my head in frustration, but I just had to make my light shine. Many of them saw something different in me and it was my Lord Jesus Christ. They knew who I was, but I was convicted about showing them the One who had changed my life and the importance of knowing Him. I still have a solid relationship with many of those I worked with, and I pray that they will come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. I was able to give each one of them a gospel tract, and one of the employees accepted Jesus Christ and still walks with Him to this day.
Where are you friend? Is your light hid under a bushel? Does your light shine bright in the world? How are you known at work? Do others know who your God is, or do they know you for your nasty disposition? Are you one who always complains and demands your rights or are you one who is grateful for the job God has given you? Do you stand out in a lost world? May our lives point others to the One who gave Himself for us, and may His light not be put out by our sin. God did not die for you to get your way, but He died to save the souls of mankind. Matthew 5:16 states, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” May our Father be glorified in all that we do and say, and may we impact eternity with the light that is in us.