As Jesus walked alongside the Galilee Sea, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew, throwing fishing nets into the sea, because they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” he said, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people.” Right away, they left their nets and followed him.
You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on top of a lampstand, and it shines on all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.
2 Corinthians 5:20
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.
What we say and do matters. Years ago, one of my roommates invited me to go out with her and a group of her friends from work. One of her friends wasn’t especially looking forward to my being a part of the group because I was “one of those church people.” Days after we had all hung out, my roommate came home from work and reported that this friend had unexpectedly enjoyed my company. I don’t know what her past experiences with church people were like, but before meeting me, she thought I would be preachy and judgmental.
Theodore Roosevelt said, “People don’t care what you know until they know that you care.” This new friend that I hung out with wouldn’t have been open to hearing the gospel message from me because she thought I wouldn’t care about her as a person so much as judging her actions. I never had a chance to see this young woman again, but my guess is that if we had become real friends, or if she got to know other kind Christians, she would have been more open to hearing about my/their faith.
This same phrase is often used in missions work in areas of poverty. Those who don’t even have their most basic needs covered can’t imagine a loving savior when they don’t know where their next meal is coming from or how they are going to clothe their children. When they see God’s love through others, they are more willing to consider a God who loves them.
Guide us to be the people others are able to see you in so that we can more directly share your love and good news with them. Help us to think through our own stories so that when we have the opportunity to share about you (1 Peter 3:15), we are ready to do so.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
– Angela LaVallie Tinsley, Facilities Services Program Director & Memorial Garden Administrator
Angela serves as the Facilities Services Program Director and Memorial Garden Administrator. She began working at Resurrection in April 2007 and in that time has worked with the Singles, Seniors, Young Adults, Guest Connections, and Congregational Care ministries.