You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16).
Speaking of myself, I know that I do NOT come close, to showing the humility he did. Do you feel the same way? If Jesus were to return at this very moment, would you be ashamed, with what you were doing? If your answer is Yes, I suggest you make the choice, to do things differently.
I look at it like this. If it’s something, you wouldn’t want God, to see you doing, then it’s best to set it aside. I know for a fact that I am guilty. We are God’s children, and he uses us, as his instrument, to share the gospel to others. We truly need to Pray, and ask God for his knowledge and wisdom, when it comes to living out our faith, before others. Most often, we are the ONLY Bible they see. Are you a good representation of that?
Friends, if we profess to the world, “I AM A CHRISTIAN,” the Christian life is a changed life. You can NOT profess to be a Christian, and live the same as you did before Salvation! Becoming a Christian means turning from your sin, and turning towards God. It is NOT saying to God, “I Repent, Forgive Me,” and then going back to the same lifestyle.
Now I am by no means stating, that since you are now saved by faith, you will live a spotless life….It’s just NOT possible In your Christian walk to be sinless, but you WILL want to sin less. It is a continual sanctification process, But if your heart has truly been changed, you’ll want to change how you are living, after Salvation.
God changes your life entirely, at the moment of your salvation. You will want to do things that are pleasing to him. You will want to share his goodness, to ALL you come in contact with. You will want to be more conformed to Jesus, and less conformed to the world.
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18).
But that is not the way you learned Christ, assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life, and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:20-24).
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2).
Let them see (Jesus Christ) in you. He’s given us a guideline to use…..His Holy Word
I’ve listed some things, I thought would be helpful, in our interactions. NOT just with those who don’t know Christ as their personal Savior, but to other born again followers of God also. I am NOT just writing meaningless words, however, it’s something we need to be practicing, on a daily basis.
This is NOT just for you, it’s for me too, because I know without a doubt in my mind, that I fall short and want to strive to do better.
WE must be mindful of the words we use: I have always been taught this: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Words are powerful and they can be used to build up, but they can also be used to tear others down.
But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. (James 3:8). Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. (Ephesians 4:29).
We must be mindful of what we do for entertainment: Where do you go? What do you watch? What kind of music do you listen to? Would you go to the same places, watch the same things or listen to the same music if Jesus were sitting next to you? Or would you find yourself being embarrassed?
Ask the Holy Spirit, to convict your heart, before you answer. I have a saying…”What you put in, will eventually come out, whether that be good or bad.” We become who and what we surround our self with. No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. (Matthew 6:24).
We must be mindful when we are on social media: Other people read what you post. Non-believers watch more closely, than those who say they are Christians. Are your posts, comments and photos edifying, what you say you believe in? Once something goes on-line, it can’t be taken back.
Be careful that you aren’t putting other people down. Represent your Savior in the best way you know how. Whoever guards his mouth and tongue, keeps his soul from troubles. (Proverbs 21:23).
We must be mindful of the feelings of others: Reach out to help people in their time of need. Encourage them and don’t criticize. Be patient and kind. Give others the benefit of the doubt. Don’t believe something because someone else takes it as truth. If you hear gossip, distance yourself from it or change the subject. “Treat others the same way you want them to treat you” (Luke 6:31).
Let them see You in me. Let them hear You when I speak. Let them feel You when I sing. Let them see You, let them see You in me. My sincere hope is that people DO see Christ when they see You and I.
Can I challenge you, to be the best witness, you can be for Jesus Christ today? I will say it again, that we may be the ONLY witness, that some people will see. Let’s show them a good representation. In all honesty, if we live our life in a manner, that doesn’t reflect what we claim to be, (Born again children of God), they will see no reason, to give their hearts to Jesus Christ.
They’ll just say that we do NOT live, any different from they do. I know I want to live my life, as the best example I can be. I know I don’t do it right, more often that not. I mess up! I make mistakes! But I will do my best, to be a light for others to see, in this dark world!
Your Sister in Christ
Hey Friends. Thank you for taking time out of your day, to spend a few moments in mine. As a follower of Jesus Christ, it’s important to me to share the gospel with you. I write about my ups and downs, my struggles and insecurities, but above all else, I share how God brings me through it all. Let’s continue our walk with Christ together.