I know this post is long but I so pray that you will read each word! I pray that it blesses you and hope that it will encourage you to become a light for Him!
For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:6
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven ~ Matthew 5:16
What good does it do to tell people how great our Savior is if they cannot see that we ourselves have been saved from sin? Let your light shine.
When we turn the other cheek when we are attacked, our light shines.
· When we respond in kindness to our enemies (read competitors), our light shines.
· When we give erring employees another chance when the world wouldn’t, our light shines.
· When we tell others that the most important thing in our lives is Jesus Christ and not success, and then live so they can see that it’s true, our light shines.
· When we go the second mile when others wouldn’t, our light shines.
· When we risk looking the fool for Christ where others dare not, our light shines.
· When we wish genuine good to all men, with the greatest good being their salvation, our light shines.
· When we would rather see men saved than to make a profit from them, our light shines.
· When we keep our word in spite of the fact that it costs us dearly to do so, our light shines.
· When we honor all men, even those of much lower place than God has called us to, our light shines.
· When we don’t demand the privilege that our position affords us in the eyes of the world, our light shines.
· When we take no advantage for ourselves even when we could, our light shines.
· When we use our money to build people, rather than our people to build money, our light shines.
· When we do just what Jesus would do in the same circumstances, our light shines, and He lives. Jesus is still The Light. He lives as we let him shine in our good works.
This is our spiritual heritage. We have inherited it from those first disciples who sat on the hill with Jesus. He told them to let their light shine and, through them, the charge comes to us. We are they who believe in Him through their word. (John 17:20)
What does Jesus mean by light? Jesus also calls Himself “the light of the world.” John calls Him “the life that is the light of men,” “the light that shines in the darkness” (John 1:4-5). The light in us is His light, the indwelling Christ, the Holy Spirit within us. The apostle Paul speaks of “the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:4). We have that light shining through our lives if our actions reflect the nature of Christ—His love, compassion, and forgiveness. His light shines through our attitudes, words, and deeds. When people see that our lives have been changed so that we have Jesus’ values and see the power of God at work in us, they will agree that we do have a great Savior. When they see redeemed people, they are more inclined to believe that we have a Redeemer. The Christlike life is the platform on which individual testimony becomes convincing.
The alternative is for the Christian to live in the dark. Scripture teaches that “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth” (1 John 1:5-6). If no light shines from your life, either you have no relationship with Christ or you are bringing dishonor to Him. It is a sad thing for someone to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and continue to live an openly sinful life. It brings disrepute to Christ and the gospel. It is a stumbling block for unbelievers. It is certainly not effective in convincing anyone that Christ has the power to transform lives. Our responsibility as disciples and evangelists is to have lives so transformed by the Word and the inward presence of Christ that everyone can see His light reflected in our acts of kindness.