“Take a seat please in the lobby area and we will call you when your car is ready” the lady at the counter told me with not so much as a glance in my direction. She busied herself and nonchalantly worked her way through a small stack of papers in front of her. I was just the norm for her, another customer waiting on my car’s oil change. I selected a seat in the lobby area as I surveyed the other patrons in the room. Each one was so capably manipulating either a smart phone, iPad, or lap top computer of some type, completely oblivious of their surroundings. Not one person looked up to say hello, acknowledge me, or anyone else in that room. As I sat I was lulled by the rhythmic text clicking sounds and the faint tapping of keyboard keys while I sipped my lukewarm coffee from a styrofoam cup.
As I sat in this room that had been kidnapped by technology I felt an overwhelming sadness. What has happened to good old-fashioned communication, friendly conversation and exchanging pleasantries? Where is the good will of days gone by? When was the last time we met someone new or took an interest in someone’s life? Why does actually having a real conversation have to be a thing of the past? Why must we be so busy staring into the glass screens of electronic gadgets that we cannot even utter a “hello” or inquire how someone is?
Are we so numb these days that we do not even care about others or has society made it completely acceptable to just keep to ourselves and mind our own business?
I struggle with accepting the culture of ignoring a simple ” good morning or good afternoon” people passing by you all the time at places like church not only they will not look your way and will not answer you either. I choose to believe it’s not of God and this practice should not be in the body of Christ. If we are going to pick and choose who we love and accept how are we going to reach our neighbors.
We as Christians are called to be an example in this world where outreach is a thing of the past. We are called to break through the barriers of computer screens and be a voice … a real human voice that can be a light of compassion and a word of encouragement that is so scarce today.
We are to be bold for The Lord and bring the good news of salvation. We are to be His mouth piece on earth and an example of His Goodness.
Acts 28:31 says that we should be proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.
The Bible tells us that as Christians we are to be a mirror image of God , that we should be a reflection of his joy, peace, and love everywhere we go. We may be the only chance that person seated near us will ever get to hear about how much God loves them.
We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Cor 3:18
We should never miss an opportunity to spread the good news of Jesus. Go Into all the world the Bible says! We as Christians often think that this refers to the missionaries preaching in remote parts of the world and ministering to those in the secluded far corners of the earth.
While that is extremely important, the man seated next to us in a lobby a few weeks ago is every bit as important to God. It’s no accident that we are seated near a certain person on a particular day. We all have divine appointments set up in advance by God.
Our world needs some bold believers to stand up! Political correctness and the fear of offending has caused many to lose their boldness. But boldness that is brought on by the Holy Spirit has the power to change the confused, and lost world that we live in! The early believers faced a ton of persecution and opposition. They prayed for boldness and the Holy Spirit filled them and empowered them to be able to preach boldly and see many miracles. We know the truth and are saved because others have been bold to preach and share the truth.
I would encourage you today to read the entire chapter of Acts 4. As you read it take note of all the times the word “boldness” is used and what the outcome of the “boldness” was. If you aren’t naturally a bold person that’s ok! When I think of people who are bold I think of people who are very outgoing, assertive, outspoken, not afraid of taking risks, people who jump out of planes just for the fun of it. That is not my natural tendency, and for many of you it’s not yours either! We know that we can pray a prayer like the believers did in Acts 4:29 and that God will empower us to be bold! “And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word.” — (Acts 4:29)
I challenge you and myself to live in boldness for God. Before leaving our houses, let’s ask Him to put someone in our paths today that needs to hear an encouraging word of hope. Be a blessing where ever we go and we will be the ones who are blessed.