“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
A Christian should consider it an error if the people around him cannot testify that He is truly a Christian. When we hear about being the light of the world, we’re always quick to imagine that God is calling us to take certain mountains of influence and do big and mighty things so the world can see us as Christians. But, even if there’s a place for that, shining your light as a Christian means bearing tangible fruits such that people witness your life and give glory to God.
It means living a life of total obedience such that every place you walk into cannot deny there’s something different about you. If this is an explanation of shining your light, it means that it is impossible to remain hidden. However, if you’re so successful at hiding that your colleagues have to wonder if you’re a Christian, it is an error. Your professionalism shouldn’t be a reason to be an outcast Christian or a non-Christian at the workplace.
Since you’re speaking, interacting, and doing other things, your evidence of God must show through. If you follow everybody else to do what they consider normal because “it’s not that bad.” or “everyone else is going it.”, how is your light shining? To whom are you giving glory?
When the Bible calls us to be the light of the world, it usually starts with doing the little things, like being the only one who sees a soul in need and offers a helping hand, like being the one person who refuses to tell a lie; like being the one who will not keep shut about the goodness of God in any setting.
The Christian life is a life to be lived. It is practical and does not just end with words. It should be every Christian’s goal to show forth the fruits of the Spirit—visibly, audibly—and be light. Remember that light doesn’t even need to announce itself. It is impossible not to notice it.
- Dear Father, help me reflect your light in this world.
- Lord, please, teach me what it truly means to be light.
- I pray for those who have backslid that the Lord help them return to the fold. Amen.
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