A girlfriend and I were sitting at my kitchen table, talking about recent challenges our families had experienced and how we’d handled them. Conversation paused for a moment, and then she said, “There’s something different about you. What is it?”
I felt like a dream had come true. Her question was one I’d always wanted to hear for it provided a natural invitation to talk about having a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Scripture says believers are to be like salt, creating spiritual thirst in unbelievers’ lives. We’re also to shine as lights in the midst of the darkness around us. This happens when we walk in right relationship with Jesus, reading and obeying His Word and allowing Him to conform us to His image. It occurs when we respond to negative situations with peace and show compassion to those who hurt. It happens when we show kindness to those who treat us unfairly and when we walk in integrity even when no one’s watching. When we reflect Christ’s attitudes and actions, others notice a difference.
Joseph’s life caused others to see a difference and ask questions, too. His wisdom and God-given ability to interpret dreams raised Pharaoh’s curiosity. At one point, Pharaoh turned to his officials and asked, “Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?” (Genesis 41:38). What an incredible testimony to Joseph’s example!
How do others view us? Do they see a difference in us? When they look at our lives, do they recognize that we’re filled with the spirit of God? I pray so!
If unbelievers see no difference in our lives, then we’d best ask God to show us what needs to change. Let’s pray that He’ll work in us so others will thirst for Jesus.