"The LORD bless thee, and keep thee. The LORD make His Face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee. The LORD lift up His Countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
I was speaking with a longtime friend of our family, who, many years ago, was invited to church by my Mother and her best friend. As it turns out, she kept visiting the church until she became a baptized member; this was about 18 years ago. As we were having a discussion on the question of Bible Study, she said, “It's true. I really should know my Bible more.” I looked at her and asked, “Why do you think you attend church or read your Bible? She looked at me as if she knew I was asking a question I planned on answering. “It’s so you can speak to others about Jesus.” I continued. “It may be a little bit more complex than that, because, there are people who should work within the church; but primarily, it is to speak to others about Christ. The more you know, the more you can respond to their questions when they ask you about God. —And, you can be sure, they will ask!” I said.
She thought about what I said for a moment and she got very excited, as if she had just remembered something significant. Then, she looked at me with her eyes sparkling and said:
“You know, while I was in a store shopping a few days ago, a woman I had just passed in the aisle came up to me and said, “Excuse me, are you a Christian?” “Yes.” I said, wondering what made her ask. “Oh,” said the woman, “Can you pray for me?” I was so surprised that the woman asked me to pray for her, I smiled and said, “Oh, yes!” I felt blessed that somehow she knew that I was a Christian; and, even more blessed that God was using me to intercede on her behalf. I held her hands, and just as I was about to begin praying for her, another woman walked up and said, “I’m sorry, are you about to pray? —I overheard your conversation and I have so much to thank God for! Just this morning I asked God for a job and He just answered my prayer! —Can I join?”
Our friend, surprised at the first request, was even more surprised by the second request! Nevertheless, all three women locked hands, and in the middle of the store aisle, she began to pray for both women.
When you are a Christian, the very Light of God shines so brightly within you, your countenance changes! Christ places such an indelible mark on your life, it is discernible by all. You do not have to tell anyone that you are a Christian, they will know. They will see it in your temperament, your actions, your compassion, and your heart.
—It will be so prevalent in your life, even perfect strangers will see His reflection in you. L.
Study Reference: Numbers 6:24-26
From: "Reflecting The Light." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions For Everyday Living.
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