A missionary disguised as a….
Not long ago, I was a missionary disguised as a sick person. I had been having some mysterious health problems for about two and a half months, and I had decided, along with the counsel from others, to go directly to the hospital.
As I was contemplating this scenario, I thought of what I have said to others in this situation, “Well, you never know who you’re going be able to minister to there. I mean, why would you be at a hospital (or courtroom or wherever) on this day if you didn’t need to be? God certainly has a divine appointment for you.” I would say this with great excitement. Yeah, that’s what I’ve said to people. It makes sense, but I had no idea, until today, what fears that could foster in the heart of some folks. Thoughts like, “The last thing I want to be is a ‘witness’ for Jesus, right now. I can barely help myself, let alone convincingly preach on the 4 laws of salvation, the love of God, and abundant life and all to a person who has troubles of their own. Wow, I must be a terrible Christian.”
So, I was thinking about how I would witness to someone while I’m in so much pain, and I just couldn’t see my old evangelist self coming out in the waiting room this time. Then God brought to my mind a Scripture that instantly set me free from the pressure of “being a ‘good’ witness in my suffering.” Those verses are found in Philippians 2:14-15. “Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world….” Besides all of that, it’s ultimately NOT my job to be a powerful witness. It is the Holy Spirit’s job to do that through me. (Acts 1:8)
Notice that these verses don’t mention our great preaching skills, our personal charisma and ability to work a crowd, our talent to memorize Scripture, or how many times we’ve read through the Bible? It just says to keep our mouths shut when it comes to complaining or disputing. In that alone, we will appear blameless and innocent, children of God, ABOVE REPROACH! WOW! Personally, I think God is telling me not to complain, but rather to quietly trust that He, the Lord Most High, El Elyon, is holding onto me in this.
So, whether we find ourselves in the longest grocery line in history, or stuck in what seems to be an eternal traffic jam, or going through a maddening security check at the airport, or cleaning up the third ‘unnecessary spill’ on the floor in our own kitchen, let’s shine the light of Christ simply by keeping our mouths shut when we want to complain.
It’s pretty simple. Today, I am a missionary disguised as a _________, Mom, factory worker, a K-mart employee, a race car driver, a waitress, a writer, a chef, or a mail carrier. And today, if I don’t complain, I will seem like a blameless, innocent child of the Most High God, and people will be drawn to the Light Who is Christ in me.
There you have it, whether our witness is with mouth open or mouth shut, let’s get out there and shine in this crooked and perverse generation. Today is a great day to quit complaining and start Shining the Light!
Shalom, Sisters and Brothers in Christ.