|Posted on November 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM|
The other day, there was a new substitute teacher in our building. In case you didn't know, I am a teacher by profession. This substitute, or "sub" as we so affectionately call them, stated, "Oh you are the teacher of the year. I recognize you from the school website." Now, in all honesty, I look nothing like the picture on the school website. Different hair color, different hairstyle, etc., but yet he recognized me. I must admit it felt good that he recognized me, in fact this was not the first time that this had happened. This time, however, got me to thinking. It's nice to be recognized by others for your accomplishments and contributions, but it's even more powerful to be recognized as a child of God.
What is it that others see when they look at me? What is it that others see when they look at you? Great questions, right? The Bible tells us in Matthew 5:16: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
It's nice to be recognized, but when people see me, I want them to see the Jesus in me. We are called to be witnesses, to be salt and light in this earth realm. It is my desire that people will see me, and want the joy that I have, the peace that I have, the hope that I have...that all comes from having Christ Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I want them to ask, "What must I do to be saved?" I want them to recognize the Jesus in me and want that same Jesus who died for me, and rose again. I want them to want that same Jesus who sits at the throne of God interceding on my behalf. Wouldn't that be wonderful?
What do others see when they look at you?