Matthew 5:14–16 (NKJV) 14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 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. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
That is a pretty strong calling from the Lord, one that we must all strive for. But, how do we achieve such a thing? I believe five of the more important aspects of being the light include, love, inspiration, grace, humbleness, and transparency. However we are to achieve this, we must do so in full view of those around us. Love 1 John 4:16 reminds us… (16) And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him… If we want to abide in God, we must love. Everything we do in this life should resemble love. We feed the hungry out of love, we evangelize because of love, we obey God’s commandments out of the love we have for Him, everything we do, and feel must revolve around love. The only way we are going to make a positive impact in this world is through love. If you want the world to see Christ through you, love has to be at the center of everything you do. Inspiration 1 Timothy 4:12 cautions… (12) Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity… If we want to impact the world we must serve as an example or inspiration. If the world sees you conduct yourself in honesty, in love, in faith, and with a pure heart, the world will want to experience what we are experiencing. Are you afraid there are too many people that remember the “old” you? You can serve as a solid inspiration. Do not shy away from letting people know the source of your drastic change. I served in jail ministry and I always reminded the believers in there that they could impact lives in so many ways. If a person knows who you were before Christ, and see what kind of person you are now, that can be truly inspirational. Do not be afraid to open up your new life to allow the world to see inside. Grace Hebrews 4:16 (16) Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need… We are told that we can come boldly to the throne of grace. How good does it feel to experience God’s grace and mercy? The forgiveness that God grants us should also be extended to those we associate with. If God shows us grace and then we do not extend it to others, we are like the debtor in Matthew 18:21-35. Humbleness Philippians 2:3 offers the following… (3) Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself… Nothing we do or say should be done our of conceit or selfish ambition. Anything good in our lives if from the Lord, for us to take credit for any of it would be unjust. Instead, we should show and demonstrate humility. Transparency When we accept the Lord, we open ourselves up in a number of ways. We have to be transparent with the world around us if we want to make a positive impact for Christ. Opening ourselves up like this can also help us maintain a sense of accountability. If the world thinks we are trying to hide something, they will examine us all the more. Closing Thoughts: Everything we do with this life should be done to further the Gospel. The way we interact with the world will directly impact our ability to reach those around us. If we love with grace and inspire through humbleness with a sense of transparency, we will impact this world for the Lord. Is that not exactly what our mission should be? 1 Timothy 2:4 (NKJV) 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.