Do we show others in our actions, attitudes, facial expressions, tone, and overall demeanor that we are even remotely approachable?
Do we make it look like we want for people to come to us for support, care, concern, guidance, love, or even just a kind gesture?
Or is it more like this?
Unfortunately, too often, I fear too many of us display one or more of the above. I know I am guilty of it – far too often.
We either act like we are too busy to be approached, or we aren’t exactly giving off the vibe that we really care. The sad part is, sometimes it is actually true. We are busy. And we don’t quite care enough. But God can help us to change that. It starts with our hearts.
Jesus didn’t let His busy life get in the way of ministering to the people when He walked amongst us. God is not too busy for us now, either. And believe me, the Lord has far more on His plate than all of the rest of us, past, present, and future, combined. And then some.
As followers of Christ, we are called not only to be approachable, but to go way beyond that: We are to actually reach out! Not just when it’s convenient. Not just when we are in the right mood. Not when we feel up to it, don’t have too much on our plate for the day, or think whoever we might be helping will be receptive and kind. We are to reach out to anyone we possibly can with the love of Christ. Period.
This is a tall order, and believe you me, I know it! I share this with you today, because I struggle sometimes with this. I am a people person, so it may be easier for me than for others, but I find myself still putting certain boundaries up in situations where I really need to reach out – stretching to the tips of my fingers – and instead, I just curl them into tight little fists. I withhold. And that is simply not good.
As we go about living today, let’s think about how approachable we are, friends. I need others to do this with me, because I truly believe God wants unity in this area from His children. Maybe we could even go so far as to make worshipping our Savior and out of that, then loving people our main concern today? If we ask God to remind us, I would bet my life on it that He will help us.
Who knows? We may even just move from being merely “approachable” on a really good day, to actually reaching out without it hurting too much.
God’s light is made to actually shine from within us. Why do we sometimes try so hard to hide them? After all….if the Savior of the world isn’t too busy to love the people, so I am inclined to think that we aren’t really either.
Or are we?
If you have been in hiding lately, won’t you step out with me today? I would love to know that I have some company as we see just how bright those lights can actually get!
Glory to God!
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16, ESV