Jesus said in His sermon on the Mount, “You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill can’t be hidden. You do not light a lamp and put it under a basket. Rather you put it on a stand so it can give light to all who are nearby. Let your behavior be as a light to others; that they may see that your Father in heaven is honored by good works.”
Persecution of Christians is growing and is affecting some in this country right now. We must not allow it.
We have all grown up with the admonition that some things should not be talked about in public. Usually politics and religion are at the top of the list. But everyone talks about politics anyway. And a recent survey found that most people actually like to talk about spiritual things. That is, unless they feel pressured or are made to feel somehow inferior.
Recently I read an article by an astronomer who came to know Christ by looking through a telescope. One of her comments caught my eye. She said while she was growing up she never knew a believer – a Christian.
I wondered, “How could that be? There had to have been Christians around her. How could she not know a Christian?”
Then I realized it was entirely possible because the Christians around her may have been hiding their light.
What can we do? I have some suggestions:
- Include a prayer of some sort in every meeting with another human being.
- Say grace at every meal – especially those meals in public – and don’t whisper.
- Pray for others – people should hear you praying – and it doesn’t hurt if they “accidentally” overhear you praying for them.
Use Christian language in regular conversation and writing. Use phrases like –
“God bless you”, “God be with you”, “Praise the Lord”, “How did God do that?”, “Thank God”, “Have a blessed day”, etc..
Speak such things boldly – don’t whisper them.
Behave like a Christian –
Don’t just go along to get along. Do what’s right. Live like Christ. Actually follow His teaching.
There are many things you can do to help your light to shine brightly. What can you think of?
One of the principles underlying Christ’s teaching is not show us how to avoid difficulty, but rather to build character sufficient to meet difficulty when it comes — and it will come. Being a Christian does not make life easy; rather it makes us strong enough to handle it.
How is your light – steady, bright and easy to see or dim, flickering and fizzling out?
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My be word for 2019 – gratitude.