Written by Bethany Ferguson
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple. My heart says of You, “Seek His face!”. Your face, Lord, I will seek. Psalm 27:4,8
As disciples in today’s world, we may feel as though only certain people with special qualifications can truly be considered one. We may feel inadequate, not prepared, or anxious. Sometimes we might feel that our workplace environment is not a place to share our faith because of fear of retribution. I am a middle school teacher, and sometimes I find myself in situations where my students desperately need to hear the truth of God, but I cannot have that discussion with them. Maybe you find yourself in similar situations with your coworkers, friends, or even family members.
Even though in our workplaces or other environments we might not be able to directly speak about the Bible, we can extend God’s love and goodness through our actions. In my classroom, I try to do this through a smile, asking someone about their day, or helping them with a task. Through these simple tasks, you are showing God through you. Having a positive attitude, even when things don’t go as planned, is infectious. Whether you realize it or not, people are watching you and do notice you. The way you live your life truly does say a lot to others around you about the God you love. Even though you might face adverse circumstances, those same circumstances, through your trust in God, can become great growth opportunities.
So how can you disciple in your daily life? Just be authentic; be you. I encourage you to stand firm in your beliefs or thoughts because of the environment you are in. People will observe you, and when they see the true joy that you experience through your relationship with Jesus, they will also want to experience that as well. Your love for life will allow conversations to flow with those people around us who probably need that the most.
In Psalm 27:4, it says that we should strive to “seek Him in His temple”. How can we seek Him there on a daily basis? How can we do this when we face opposition or feelings of inadequacy from those we encounter?
From this verse, we should be encouraged to pray a prayer that may sound risky, a prayer that says “God, help me to focus all of my attention on You, even when circumstances or the environment around me may try to distract me or deter me from You. Help me to seek every opportunity to further Your kingdom. Help me to show Your love and goodness through both my words and actions. Allow me to experience You in the most intimate and glorious of ways.”