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A couple of weeks ago, work was slow and one of my coworkers approached me to talk. He told me how a customer had started telling him about his day, how he began every day by reading the Word of God. The customer continued talking about God and his power and influence in our lives. He only stopped when my coworker told him all of that talk was making him uncomfortable.
My coworker expressed to me that he didn’t understand why someone would start talking to a complete stranger about God like that. I wanted to respond in the perfect way, to make him understand that our mission during this life is to spread God’s Word! At the same time, though, I didn’t want to make him uncomfortable, as he said the customer had. I didn’t know how to express my faith without scaring him away.
The one thing I knew I could do was say a quick prayer. I asked God to give me courage to speak of my faith in Him, and to provide me with the right words to say. And that is exactly what He did. With the Lord’s help, I talked with my coworker about my faith and about how the customer was doing God’s will. I learned that my coworker grew up a Christian, but years ago turned away from God and turned to science instead. Looking at the world around him, he said that science explained things better than God did. It didn’t make sense to him to believe in something that he couldn’t see. I expressed to him that no, we don’t have tangible proof of everything and we can’t see God. However, the world around us does speak to His power; we just have to look for it. We know what to look for because of what God’s Word says. Faith is trusting whatever He says even if we cannot see it, as said in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
As he went back to work, I mentioned to him that maybe the customer had given him something to ponder that day. And I thanked God for giving me the words to say and the courage to do His will.
In a world of darkness, being a beacon of light captures people’s attention. Throughout my time of being immersed in the art culture in college, I have especially noticed this to be true. People see when you act differently than everyone else or don’t contribute to sinful conversations. A number of people have come up to me and asked me why I believe what I believe about God’s Word. Therefore, it is extremely important that your life always points towards Christ in order to be a witness for Him.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. ” (Matthew 5:16)
I have often struggled with speaking up and standing out when those around me are are speaking about topics contradictory to the truth that God has provided us in His word. Not only is it difficult to stand against what seemingly everyone is in agreement about, but finding the right time to bring up your opinions and beliefs can also be challenging. Intimate, one-on-one conversations are where I feel the most comfortable opening up about my beliefs, and I feel that it is important to not pass up these opportunities to talk about your beliefs with those who are closest to you: friends, roommates and potential dating partners. When dating, being upfront and confident about your beliefs early in a relationship will save you a lot of heartache down the road. As great as it would be, you don’t need to convert everyone who has different beliefs. But as long as there can be mutual respect for each other’s different opinions, your relationship with that person shouldn’t have to change. Unfortunately, that isn’t the way that it often works out. But when friends then start to throw false accusations your way, co-workers act differently around you or someone you were dating stops talking to you, be encouraged that you were true to yourself and faithful to your Creator. The best you can do then is to continue to live as God’s witness through your actions and pray for those who oppose you.
“So everyone who acknowledges me before me, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32)