Psalm 40:16 “Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.”
Have you ever looked into the eyes of the people you pass by on the street? Many are deep in thought. Some are plugged in and tuned out, while others are just trying to cope with what situation and circumstances they’ve been given. Still, others try to hide the pain with a smile.
As I walk through my workplace, I try to meet the eyes of those I pass. In doing so, I try to smile and say, “Hello.” Some will smile back and return my salutation. Others look away; fearful of engaging with another human being. Some will even ask, “How are you today?” to which I reply, “One day closer to Heaven!”
That statement has caught more people off guard and has caused many to stop, and others say something like, “No one can know they’re going to Heaven.” I have used that reply to open conversations about their eternal destiny and have even led some of my coworkers to Christ.
Today, more than ever, it is getting increasingly harder to engage in a personal conversation with those around me.
I blame technology.
It captures our attention and holds us captive far too long. It draws us into an unreal world and defrauds us. It leaves us wanting more. We read many things thinking volume or quantity justifies truth; when in fact, there is only one real source of truth – the Word of God.
I believe that we, who are the saved, children of God, have the most wonderful opportunity to show Christ to those around us only by how we interact with others. The psalmist said:
“Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee…”
Take a look around at the faces of those in your church. Are they faces of those who portray a walk with God? Does their face reflect the joy of the Lord? Are they at peace? Does what you see make you want to desire what they have?
Our faces are God’s billboard to show the world how wonderful He really is. Yet, all too often, we are in bondage to our situation and circumstance; wanting everyone else to join in our misery. The Bible tells us:
1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”
“Be ready always…”
That ‘reason of hope‘ that should be in us is one that is sustained day by day; walking with God and sharing with Him every and anything that would take His joy from us.
We become blind or shortsighted in our view of life. Our scope of vision has been so narrowed to only see our situation; our circumstances, and our problems. But, when I meet with God every morning, He opens my eyes to others, and He tells me that He will use me today to bring that joy, peace, and happiness that eludes them is within their reach.
Lastly, God tells us that “…let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.”
To be magnified is for us to make Him look good.
If your best face is a bit downcast; take it to God for a facelift…
Psalm 3:3 “But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.”
Back to God’s billboard – can others be drawn to the love of God by the smile we wear? By how we greet others along the way, or respond in kind?
Today, let us take our best face and put it forward for the world to see just how wonderful our God is to us.