When I was a little girl, I memorized lots of Scripture. My mother was responsible for most of it. She established a Saturday rule at our home. The rule went like this. Saturday is preparation for Sunday day. When I woke up on Saturday morning my siblings and I had certain tasks to complete before we could play outside or watch Mickey Mouse Club on television. Yes, this was the 50’s. I was not abused. Quite the opposite, we had a wonderful family life.
What chores did I have, and how did they pertain to the secret Jesus touch? The chore list went like this, “Make your bed, brush your teeth, take a bath, wash your hair, read your Sunday School lesson, and memorize the memory verse. When all this is completed Saturday fun can begin. One Saturday, I memorized Matthew 5:14 and 16 “You are the light of the world, a city set on a hill that cannot be hid.” And then, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.” I didn’t have the full understanding of these Scriptures, but they burned in my heart, and burn still to this day.
I believe deep within my soul, that I was made to be a blessing upon the earth. I was created to live Jesus in my small corner of the world. For many years I have believed that where ever God sends me it is my responsibility to be His representative on the earth. For a long time, I thought this simply meant to live right and be a good example of Jesus. I thought I should be kind, say “Please and thank you,” obey my parents, go to church, read my Bible, pray, and witness when I had the chance.
Later, I learned there was much more to the journey of letting my light shine before men. As a college student I found it meant purity, when free love was popular. (It was the 60’s now.) I learned to filter the things I put in my mind. Light does not shine through a dirty globe. During these years, I think most of my spiritual life was playing defense. I learned how to defend my heart from darkness. That was a good thing! It was who I wanted to be. I found myself during these years. I was no longer my Daddy’s little girl, I had decided to be a Christian not because it was what my parents did or wanted for me, but because it was who I wanted to be. I learned to sacrifice for my faith, and not to be intimidated by worldly friends. It was a growing time. I was not perfect during these years, and I’m sure that at times my parents were concerned as I sorted through choices, but I knew there was steady increase in the wattage of my Jesus relationship during these years.
The next years were years of development. It was time for marriage and family building. I believe these were years to review the source of my light. As I taught my own children to love Jesus, my love for Him grew exponentially.
As I experienced the death of my beloved father, I learned that in the darkest night the light of Jesus shines brightest.
During our years of ministry, I often read Matthew 5:14-16. I studied them and restudied them. I talked to the Lord about them, and prayed about them. During this time, I remember a song that impacted me, “Go Light Your World” sung beautifully by Kathy Troccoli (1995). I sang this song many times, and to this day nineteen years later, it is still on my iTunes play list.
I was thinking about this one day. I had learned many things about this concept of being a light. I had learned that simply by walking into a room and changing the atmosphere there because the light of Jesus in me had walked in the door. I begin to look for this effect. I would purposefully enter places that before I had defended myself against. Let me explain this. Earlier, when I was in the mall shopping and walked past one of those dark stores, I was almost afraid to enter. I did not want any dark thing to attack me. During this time, I caught hold of the truth that the light in me was far more powerful than the darkness in the stores. I began to go in, and walk around in the recognition that Jesus had just entered that dark place, and His light was shining. I had spiritual authority to bring His presence there for the good of the persons there who were trapped in darkness, and perhaps had never seen the light.
Shining has become an adventure. I know now, that the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps people, even if I do not have a chance to witness to them. Just being near me, can be a shadow of Peter experience for someone in the dark. I began practicing what I call the “secret Jesus touch.” I thought, if just being near a person could bring the presence of Jesus to them, how much more would touching a person do. Now, I make a conscious effort to touch strangers with the full intention of allowing the light of Jesus to flow through me to them.
I’m sure you might be thinking, this girl is just weird. Maybe so, but I believe I can see the difference in the people I touch. “How does this work?” you may ask. “Don’t people get angry when you touch them?” Actually no. I’ve never had a single person react in offence at being touched with the secret Jesus touch. Truthfully, the opposite has been true. They seem strangely drawn to me.
How to Give the Secret Jesus Touch
When: After you have prepare yourself. Pray ask the Lord to shine through you. Ask Holy Spirit to flow through your hands, your face, and your voice.
Where: My favorite places are at drive thru windows, and restaurants. Service people work very hard at what they do. They are under-paid, and under- appreciated. These people often have for some reason or another lacked opportunity. Look at their faces, they are paid to be friendly, and smile, but often behind their eyes is great sadness. At times they work in an environment that is full of petty bickering and competing. These people need the secret Jesus touch.
Method: At the drive thru, there are three opportunities to bless people. The first is at the automated order machine. There is a human behind this machine. Often because the machine is not of the highest quality, we experience frustration as we make our order. Ask Holy Spirit to give you patience with the person behind the machine. It is not his/her fault that they can’t hear you well.
Sometimes the person has an accent making ordering difficult. Don’t be judgmental, relax and let the Jesus shine come out in your voice. When they complete your order on the screen, bless them. How? Simple words and a kind voice, “You are great at your job!” You have blessed them. Remember the touch of the Lord is spiritual as well as physical. This also prepares them for the next step.
The second opportunity to bless someone is when you pay for your order. Remember how James 5 speaks of the laying on of hands for healing, and of the effectiveness of the prayer of a righteous man or woman? When I hand my ATM card or cash to the soul at the first window, I do not hold it on the end to avoid a touch. I lay the card on their hand so my hand touches theirs. I do not slap their hand, it is just a tiny touch, but it is intentional blessing from the Lord through my hand to them.
I drive on thanking the Lord, and praying for the person at window 2. The pick up window is much easier to touch the person than the pay window. They reach out to you and hand you your cup. You simply make sure your fingers touch theirs as you receive the cup. Jesus shared a cup with his disciples. Remember that cup as you share the passing of this cup. Let the blessing of the Spirit of Jesus flow through you to this one, one more time.
These are the briefest of opportunities, but if I believe, my faith will bring about a blessing to these persons who may need it desperately.
Tonight, I realized that if I can teach you to give the secret Jesus touch to others, I can multiply my light. Go light your world!