“No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.” Luke 8:16-18
Where are you placing your lamp? Too many of us are placing our lamps under a jar. We don’t want to stick out. We seem to want to follow the old saying that it is the protruding nail that gets the hammer and we are afraid of hammers. We want to go along to get along and not cause waves. Sometime we are just not confident enough to want others to question us about our faith. Maybe we will not have all the answers.
We have been given the Light of the World. Yet instead of showing the light to others we act like we are stumbling around in the dark with the rest of the world. We are called to do more than just believe. We are called to do more than just make sure of our on salvation. We are called to go out into the world and spread the Good News about Jesus and what He has done for all the world.
Not everyone can write a blog. Not everyone can go door to door. Not everyone can go on mission trips to other parts of the world. Not everyone can stand up in front of a crowd and preach the Gospel. But every believer can live their lives in such a way that the world notices we are different. Every believer can show the world how Jesus can get us through the toughest times. Every believer can get unbeliever to ask themselves why we are different and want what we have.
When we live a lifestyle that honors God people will notice. When they see how we get through hard times they will want to know how we did it. When they see our joy even during the worst of times they will notice and wonder what is going on. When they ask we can answer that is in not our own doing that gets us through but Jesus who gets us through the rocky roads and stormy seas of life.
We don’t need to be a theologian to do these things. All we need do is share with them the truth that is Jesus. Maybe invite them to go with us to church or a Bible study. And if they ask questions that we cannot answer? Then it is ok to say I am not sure but I will find out. Then follow up. That is the way all of us can let our lights shine.
Have a blessed day,