Let Your Light Shine Before Men

*As a boy, I grew up being taught that what set me apart as a Christian was what I didn’t do. We didn’t go to parties, we didn’t smoke, we didn’t dance, drink, or go to the movies. But the scripture calls us even more to be known by what we do. We are called as Christians not to oppose culture through our words but to change it through our actions. So often we are shocked by what the world does and voice our disgust, so we can demonstrate our fervency. But why should we be shocked that people that openly reject the word of God act in a way contrary to it? Why should (or even how can) someone who doesn’t have the truth abide in it? It is our call to bring the truth to those who don’t know and can’t see. But in order to do this, we have to be seen and we have to be different. We cannot hide our light. So, simple question: how many hours a week do you allow the culture to influence you? Whether it be through television, social media, music, politics. Follow up question: how many hours a week do you allow the word of God to influence you? As we look for our culture to change, are we too busy being a part of it to make a difference? Do we even have enough of the truth in us to bring it out into the world? 1 Peter 2:2 encourages us to “desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow.” We are called to be a light, a city on a hill. We cannot hide but we also cannot be the same as those as we are trying to reach. We need to grow in Christ so that we can demonstrate to the world who He is. It can be scary to be different but remember that you are the solution that someone doesn’t even know they are looking for. One of the saddest things to me is when a new believer gets saved and they go back to a Christian they knew for years and ask, “Why didn’t you tell me?” We are in a culture desperately searching for the truth of Jesus, even though they publicly reject Him. Will we be brave? We will allow our light to shine in a dark world?*

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  1. Samuel Jimenez says:

    This was an amazing article. I have some questions pertaining to letting our light shine… So I have christian friends, who desire God (go to church, worship, lift there hands, tithe). The thing that kind of confuses me is that they would go and drink to the point were sometimes they’d be “tipsy” but they’d bring up how Jesus was in a party and the rest of that stuff. How do I show them what’s right?? Or am I the one that has to loosen up a bit?

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