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Be The Light
Jesus says he’s the light of the World (John 8:12). As children of God, we should be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). But how can we do that? We can start by modeling what Jesus did. I know that this may seem impossible, but it isn’t. Collectively, we can all make a difference when it comes to being “the light” for others. After all, you are a beautiful child of God, made in His perfect image.
What Does “Being the Light” Actually Mean?
Being the light means doing your best to live each day on purpose and in a way that’s pleasing to God. It means showing kindness and compassion to others and yourself. It’s about looking for opportunities to be more like Jesus, to lift others up, and to do the right thing. It also means making a mindful effort to make your light shine brighter and help others discover their light.
God is light and given that He sent the Holy Spirit to live within His believers, so are we if we follow his example. There are many ways to do this, but here are seven practical ways you can try.
1. Focus on Doing Right and Don’t Be Swayed
Don’t blindly do what the world claims to be right. Do what God’s Word says is right. While this may be difficult thanks to the mixed messages we’re constantly assailed with these days, it’s important to set yourself apart from the world. You have to be in this world, but you don’t need to participate in the things that are detrimental to your faith.
2. Treat Others as You Want to Be Treated
Be kind and walk in love, treating others as you would like to be treated. Show kindness to everyone around you, even if they don’t do the same. Seek wisdom, learn how to recognize other people’s pain, and offer help to those who cross your path that need it. Then go beyond your path and seek to help those outside of your circle if possible.
3. Practice Humility
Be humble, admit when you’re wrong, say sorry, and try to be better next time. You can have ambition, but remember who you serve. It’s not about how amazing you are, but rather how amazing God is. The perfect example of humility was when Jesus washed His disciples’ feet. It was a pure display of humility and servitude.
4. Give Thanks, Even During Life’s Challenges
Giving thanks and being grateful, regardless of the circumstances, builds a deeper relationship between you and God, and with other people.
God is always by your side. He can draw good out of evil. He forgives your sins and loves you (and all His children) completely. Even during the most challenging times, there are things to be thankful for.
The next time you’re feeling disheartened, take the time to write a list of things or people to feel thankful to God for. Chances are you’ll have several. If you’re having trouble, start by being grateful for breath, then consider the rest of your body, and it’s function in serving both you and the world. After all, when was the last time you thanked your feet for doing what they do every day?
5. Don’t Be Afraid to Put Yourself Out There
I bet you didn’t know that I am introverted. It’s true! It takes a lot out of me to get on camera, walk on stage, or talk to a stranger. After many years, and countless mistakes, I’m getting better at it. But, it’s still not easy.
Regardless of whether you’re shy or outgoing, as a Christian, you’re called upon to be a light to those around you (Matthew 5:16a). This is only possible if you put yourself out there, interacting with people and nurturing constructive relationships.
6 Unwavering Resolve
God expects us to be the light and empowers us to do so. Be firm and formidable in your resolve to follow the Lord in everything you do. Don’t get distracted or waver in your beliefs and stay focused on God and his light. While this takes discipline, sacrifice, and courage, it’s an important step in being more Christ-like. Talk to God frequently throughout the day. He will provide you with strength and be your loving guide if you open your heart to him.
7. Love and Trust the Lord
I don’t know where you are today. Perhaps you’re stuck and looking at the huge mountain that somehow appeared out of nowhere. Maybe you’re at the highest point on the mountain you just climbed and are celebrating. Or maybe you just reached the summit of the hardest hill of your life only to find out there’s a bigger mountain beyond it. In whatever circumstance you find yourself in, you must love and trust the Lord. The world will throw so much at you, and Satan will do his best to destroy your light, but don’t let him. You have Jesus, and He is enough.
Keep Your Light Shining
Our lives can lose their joy and sparkle when they become clouded by our sins and the sins of the world. Has sin dulled the signs of Christ within you? If so, it’s time to take the time to examine your life and ask God to illuminate things you may be unaware of. He’ll get you back on the right path if you ask for help and His forgiveness. Let’s face it, as humans, we’re not perfect, but through prayer, we can address where we’ve gone wrong, and get back to living the amazing life He’s planned for us.
Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
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