Followers of Jesus, I have a challenge for you today. If hundreds of thousands today are willing to DIE for the cause of Christ, shouldn’t we be willing to LIVE for it? All out, full on, sold out living, telling the love of Jesus that this world so desperately needs. Unashamedly, boldly sharing our faith; a faith which is not only ours, but belongs to all who would follow Jesus as Lord. Let the hope that is within you spill out – even overflow – for others to see and grab hold of.
Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Or do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14-16 ESV
Some believers act like they don’t take this instruction to be the light of the world very seriously. Let’s look at the verse prior to this to see another analogy Jesus used with these same believers.
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” Matthew 5:13 ESV
Wow. Thrown out. Wow. Even stronger terminology. Now, I believe Him when Jesus says He will never leave us or forsake us. But I also believe it is beyond foolish for those who name the name of Christ, to choose to ignore these clear instructions to shine the light of truth boldly to the world God has placed us in. We are where we are for a reason. God has a purpose and a plan for us, and prepared good works for us to do, before we even began!
Knowing the gift of salvation that He has given us makes us want to serve and minister for Him. How can we, in good conscience, not choose joyfully to share the hope that He offers to all who would believe in His finished work on the cross? Would we, out of fear of ridicule, selfishly choose our own comfort over sharing the option of eternity with those around us?
Would it even be possible for us, who know our own unworthiness, and the immense gifts He has given us freely, to see a fellow creation in dire need and not meet the need if it were in our power to do so? Would you, with the Living God residing in you, walk past a person who was naked, starving, and injured and not immediately search your mind for how you could assist them? Of course you would not abandon them if it were in your power to offer relief!
And so, be emboldened, realizing that the hope that Christ placed within you is worth the risk of sharing. Be encouraged, as you see that yes, you would do for others if you knew they had a need, and the Lord had blessed you with the means to assist; and then develop the discipline of looking for not so obvious needs. Practice the skill of praying for God to show you ways He has for you to serve Him, then be ready to fill the needs He reveals. Walking beside the Living God on your day to day journey, intentionally living out the purpose of being His hands and feet, brings great joy.