Are We Being a Light?

I had a friend in high school who was different. She didn't listen to popular music, didn't use swear words and she didn't like gossip. I knew she was a Christian before she even told me. Her attitude was clear: she was serious about her faith, and lived it too. She made an impact on me. I always knew that she was good company and I felt safe with her. But one day, I thought further than that. I wondered if maybe there was more to her faith than just not watching R-rated movies or cutting class. I began to toy with the idea that maybe I wanted to know more about why she lived the way she did.

In Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus says

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."

My friend was directly following the words of Jesus. She understood that being “light of the world” means that she must act like Jesus, as he calls himself “light of the world” in John 8:12. So as a representative of Him on this Earth, she made it a point to live her life according to his example to make an impact on those around her. And it worked!

What are some ways we can be a light to others?

  • Put it out there

    My friend wasn't afraid to let the world know that she followed Jesus. She took her day-to-day routine as an opportunity to evangelize. We too should be looking for opportunities daily to share our faith. In the office, in class, to the barista, the cab driver, or the homeless man who approaches you for money.

  • Watch our surroundings

James 1:21 tells us to “get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives “ and in Ephesians 5:17-19 Paul tells us not to act thoughtlessly, or get drunk on wine. Instead, he tells us to sing psalms and hymns among each other praising the Lord together. We need to be watchful of the things we surround ourselves with. My friend was very conscious to listen to only praise and worship to keep her heart right throughout the day. We also should consider what influences us throughout our day.

  • Follow the Holy Spirit

    As believers, we all possess the Holy Spirit in us. He is our guide, counselor, and he gives strength and wisdom. He will help us recall scripture in a time of need(John 14:26) and will never prompt us to do anything against it. He needs to be the leader in all that we do. So we need to be mindful of the Holy Spirit's leading. Pay attention to the nudges that tell you to approach someone and invite them to church, or ask a friend if they need prayer. The Holy Spirit's leading will keep us walking in the light.

Living our lives as “light of the world” not only has the potential to bring more lives to Christ, but it is also glorifying to God. Matthew 5:16 says “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” When we follow God's commandments and live our lives according to Jesus' example, we show others the greatness of God through us. 1 Corinthians 10:31 tells that no matter what it is we do “do all to the glory of God.” All that we do. Our lives need to be a light in this world of darkness to shine light on others so that they see the glory of God within us and give him praise.

 

“Don't shine so others can see you. Shine so that through you, others can see Him.”
-C.S. Lewis
 

Are you being a light in this world?

Is your faith as bold as it could be?

Is there anything that negatively influences you?

Do you feel that you are attentive to the Holy Spirit?