The Bible says that where the Spirit is, there is liberty.
I was in a grocery store some time ago, patiently waiting in line to pay for my food, when, all of a sudden, a song came to my heart. If you have been a Christian for any length of time, you may recognize it: ‘There a sweet, sweet, spirit in this place, And I know that it’s the Spirit of the Lord!’
‘Hum …,’ I thought to myself. ‘As I approach the cashier, the inward desire I possess to sing this song gets stronger and stronger! I wonder why this is so!!! Could it be that the Lord is trying to actually tell me something? (Or did this song just appear on my heart for ‘no reason’?)’
With the desire to sing that song getting ‘stronger and stronger’ all the time, I decided that perhaps, indeed, this was the Lord’s way of telling me that I was getting close to a Christian. After all, didn’t the song say it all?
With a sense of encouragement, I decided to open my mouth — with faith and assurance that God was up to something. As soon as it was my turn to pay for my groceries, I did not hesitate to speak with the woman operating the cash register.
‘You’re a Christian, aren’t you?’ I asked the woman.
‘Yes,’ she said.
‘Yes,’ she replied.
I got the clue. The song was God’s way of telling me that there was a Christian in my midst. But it was also God’s way of telling me that this PARTICULAR Christian was pleasing to him. After all, didn’t the song say it all?
‘There’s a sweet, sweet, spirit in this place,
And I know that it’s the Spirit of the Lord!’
‘You know,’ I said to her. ‘I think God wants me to tell you that he is pleased with you and that your testimony matters! Don’t think that by working here you are not being a good witness for him. No! On the contrary. Your testimony matters! Your witness matters! God is using you right here, to bless the people as they pass by!’
With that, I was able to encourage this woman, so as to let her know that God was well pleased with her, in her work.
Let this be an encouragement to all of us, who work among people who themselves may not have Christ in their lives. Our witness and our testimony matters. It matters so much, that God is willing to impress it upon the hearts of others that ‘There’s a sweet, sweet spirit in this place!’ I know. Because that’s exactly what God did with me.