A few years ago, Jim Jones, Terry Parrish, Charles Law, David Robinson, Charles Swilling, O. H. Griffith, and I went to lunch at Bryce’s Cafeteria. These men had come to Texarkana for the Sunday School Writer’s Conference. We enjoyed great fellowship and a good meal.
As I was paying the bill, the teller asked if we were preachers. I told her we were and asked why she wanted to know. She said several people had walked by our table on their way to the register and asked her who we were. She told them: “They must be preachers because they laugh a lot and prayed before they ate!”
Think about that—we laughed a lot and prayed a little—and others noticed. We should never pray for the sake of appearance. Jesus warned against being showy in our praying and giving (Matthew 6:1-8). But we should openly acknowledge appreciation for God’s blessings, and thank Him for our food, even if others are around.
People watch you all the time. What do they see? They will read your attitude and notice your gratitude. If you are enjoying the life God gives you, it will make an impression. If you are grateful for God’s blessing, people will know. Your life is a continual witness of something or Someone.
The testimony of your life is why Jesus said Christians were to be like a shining city on a hill in this dark world. Jesus said to His disciples, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden,” (Matthew 5:14). As a believer in and follower of Christ, you are to shine for Jesus in the spiritual darkness that surrounds you.
Like a lighthouse onshore, whose beams pierce the darkness, guiding and warning ships of dangerous shoals or hidden reefs—so God’s people are to shine forth the beauty of Jesus in their testimony, lives and service. Jesus said, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven,” (Matthew 5:16).
Peter commanded, “I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation” (1 Peter 2:11-12).
The teller’s question at Bryce’s Cafeteria allowed me to share with her the reason for our joy and thankfulness. It is Jesus. The hope we have in Him enables us to laugh, pray and enjoy life with others. Our lives are a testimony. What is the testimony of your life?