If you're a ... (not only because it's a job but, you actually happen to be good at it), just think. How many sales did you make last year? Last month? Last week? A lot? ... you would h
If you're a salesperson (not only because it's a job but, you actually happen to be good at it), just think. How many sales did you make last year? Last month? Last week? A lot? Probably, you would have sold more in a better economy. Though still, you likely sold way more than you can readily remember. Was that 100 customers? 1,000? 100,000? More?
Imagine if you were to use that same great charm to sell Jesus? Wow, what an impact!!! Now, multiply that by a few years and that's really a lot of changed lives!!!
Ok, so maybe you're not a salesperson. How are you at advertising? Isn't it fun to continually have more ideas of ways to reach just one more customer and often thousands!? Just think how the world would view differently if you were to use all that creativity to say ... advertise God.
Can't you just see it now, a neon light in every public restroom? Oh, we could have so much fun! Soon, the idea would catch on and God's name would be on every pair of tennis shoes, on every bath robe. There is no place people couldn't go without being reminded of God and, wherever He's included, that's that much less room for Satan.
Too active for you? Ok, let's say you're a writer, an artist, a musician. You have wares to share, so do it. If you haven't been discovered already, odds are that you're not going to win the Mr. or Miss America pageants by keeping your gift hidden. Just think of the thousands and hundred thousands your gift could already be ministering to. And, when you give to God, He gives you more! Why not go for the world title!?
What's your gift? I'm about certain you have at least one. So, your health isn't cooperating. That's pretty common, these days. In fact, Satan gets his jollies at the ways he convinces us that we can't serve. Aren't you about tired of it, too?
You do have a telephone, don't you? How about a computer? And, there's still the old fashioned snail mail. Ask God to show you something you can do. That'll teach the old fart a lesson!
If you use the gift God gives you, He gives you another one, too! Then, when you use both gifts for the Lord, He'll double it again, and again! There's no longer any reason to whine about how others are so gifted and you're not. Get going! One gift is a good place to start; at just your speed. How do you think I ended up with so many different gifts!? It really works!
And, do you know what else? Now, this is really cool! If you make just one person smile, they will feel happier and will, in turn, make at least a couple more people smile. Then, you have two new people smiling who will, in turn, make two more people smile. You started with one smile, which was yours. And now, that seed has already multiplied seven times when all you did was smile!
The same is true in sharing joys of the Lord. Each time you minister to someone, they will find opportunity to share it again. It's kind of like the Energizer bunny. It keeps going and going. Some seed multiplies a little, some up to a hundred fold. It could even be more!
Thank God that we don't have to count how much our seed gets multiplied. All we have to do is offer the seed and God will take it from there.
I often wonder if the person who led Billy Graham to the Lord had any idea what they had done. One seed multiplied more times than anyone but God can count. Have you ever thought to realize it could be your seed that will reach the next Billy Graham?
Just think of all the good we could accomplish were we to quit letting Satan tell us that we can't. Why, we could change the world ... if we would just think.
Joyce C. Lock is a published author, poet, and columnist. In addition, she founded and maintains the email ministries "Heavenly Inspirations" http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HeavenlyInspirations/ and "Share a Smile" http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smilesharing/ . Joyce's writings encourage us in our relationship with God and each other.