WE ARE BEING WATCHED-LEAVE THE LIGHT ON!
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” MATTHEW 5: 16
Now if you are the paranoid type, the title today may alarm you! But, relax, it is ok! It is true though. You never know, but definitely, someone is watching you. Is your Jesus light turned on or what are they seeing? Take this story about the Dukes of Hazard star John Schneider. He developed a relationship with Johnny Cash and his wife June during the filming of Stagecoach. He was impressed by their strong Christian faith. John Schneider was to say “ I lived with Johnny Cash for a year and if somebody as rough around the edges as Johnny could say that Jesus was his Savior, there had to be something to it.” “If Johnny Cash felt the need to keep a Bible in the trunk of his Mercedes next to his fishing pole, there had to be something to it.”
Johnny and June never did preach to Schneider. It was just the way they conducted themselves and interacted with each other and others that made God a daily part of and partner in their lives. So he wanted to follow that example. “It was Johnny Cash who led me to Christ,” Schneider said. “He was different from other Christians I’d seen, and he did not fit the stereotypes I had of guys who happily danced through the flowers with big smiles on their faces living a perfect life. He would just watch how they lived out their lives in the love of Christ.
They would spend time together fishing and Johnny would look at his watch and get up to head back to house saying he needed to spend some time with the Lord. Schneider was intrigued that this rough old salt of a man would have God priorities. Soon, Schneider would start asking questions wanting what Cash had. Johnny Cash, who had been down a rough road to a very low place, knew the importance of being a good example.
SOMEONE IS LOOKING AT YOU, LOOKING AT ME, AND FOR SOME OF THE SAME REASONS JOHN SCHNEIDER CONNECTED WITH JOHNNY CASH, PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT US WANTING TO CONNECT AND IDENTIFY WITH THE TYPE OF PERSON WE ARE. IS OUR LIGHT SHINING FOR CHRIST? IS IT EVEN TURNED ON? AS THEY SAY “WE WILL LEAVE THE LIGHT ON FOR YOU.”
“Some people will never darken the door of a church or read the Bible or even hear a minister preach. The one thing they are reading is your life to see how you live! Make sure that light is on and that we are being the light God called us to be!”