Have you ever heard anyone say something like this, “Religion is a private matter?” I know I have. Not sure why some feel that way, because it appears that God is very public about Himself throughout Scripture. The more you look into the actions of God, the more you find Him. His actions were purposeful, so that we can know who He is and what He stands for. He is not a private God!
Jesus was not private about His “religion” either. He made sure that what was happening in the context of His relationship with the Father was demonstrated. One example of this is found during His time of prayer on top of a mountain.
28 Now it came to pass, about eight days after these sayings, that He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening. 30 And behold, two men talked with Him, who were Moses and Elijah, 31 who appeared in glory and spoke of His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 But Peter and those with him were heavy with sleep; and when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men who stood with Him. – Luke 9:28-32
Jesus did not, in any way, try to hide how He communicated to His Father and how His Father communicated to Him. He needed His disciples to see Him in these relational moments so that they would be able to know how they can come to the Father when He was gone. Jesus used His personal relationship with God the Father to help disciple His disciples on how to connect to God.
There are many in our culture today that have no idea how to connect to the Father. It is our mandate, according to Jesus in Matthew 28 and Mark 16, to help facilitate people connecting to God.
One effective way of doing that is by not being ashamed of connecting with God in front of those who do not understand the value or see the need of connecting to God. If they see that you are a person who connects to God, when it comes to their times of need, they will be looking to you to connect them to the God they have seen you connect with.
A simple way in which you can take a public step forward in connecting to God is by connecting to Him in prayer before your meal at a restaurant. Instead of just saying a flippant prayer, try asking the waiter or waitress if they have anything they would like you to add to your prayer over the meal. If they say yes, great! If not, just let them know that you will pray a general blessing for them. Let the prayer over your meal be heart felt and sincere. Bring the atmosphere of Heaven into that moment. If your waiter or waitress sees you or comes by while you are praying, your public, private moment with God has the potential of leaving an imprint on their lives forever!
Never underestimate the potential of a moment. One final note, before you leave, make sure you give a good tip (if that is what is normal in your culture- and if it’s not normal and you still do it – even better impact)!
Spiritual without natural can be a tool in the hands of the enemy.
Let your light shine.
Matt 5:16 NKJV
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
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