Let Your Light Shine
It’s easy to say something – anything for that matter. It’s much harder to follow through with action. When God told Moses that he would lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, what was his reply? Moses told God that he wasn’t good at public speaking. Well, long story short, Moses ended up leading the people out of slavery and out of Egypt. God did not take Moses’ “Not me, Lord” for an answer.
In the same way, Jesus told His disciples (and us) to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19–20). Jesus Christ freely gave His blood as a sacrifice to atone for all our sins. There is no better message that anyone could hear or give to someone else! Who are we to keep that message to ourselves?
Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37–39). Part of loving our neighbors as ourselves is to share His love with them, especially if they don’t already know Him. Failing to share God’s love with an unbeliever is like seeing someone get hit by a car and grabbing your phone to record a video instead of running to their aid.
Does the prospect of speaking to others about the love of Jesus Christ worry you or make you anxious? Does fear creep in when you think about speaking to others about His eternal salvation for us? Will people think poorly of you? Possibly. Will you be persecuted for your beliefs? Possibly. Does the idea of being persecuted for your belief in Christ terrify you enough to keep you silent? If you answered yes, then consider these passages from Scripture:
“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for My sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” (Matthew 10:16–20).
“Jesus [said] to them, ‘See that no one leads you astray. Many will come in My name, saying, “I am He!” and they will lead many astray. And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains. But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for My sake, to bear witness before them. And the gospel must be proclaimed to all nations. And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.’” (Mark 13:5–11).
“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear Him who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear Him! Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges Me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God, but the one who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” (Luke 12:4–12).
“Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave Me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with Me. I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:32–33).
Jesus Christ saved us from our sins by dying on the cross and rising from the grave. I say again, who are we to not share this wonderful message with the world around us? Jesus has cautioned us believers not to keep the message of forgiveness to ourselves. The Holy Spirit has sparked a fire of faith inside of us believers, don’t hide it. Instead, let your light shine bright and clear from the hilltops.
Be bold. Be courageous. Be faithful. God is in control of it all.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor 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).
When Jesus Christ comes back and the world is ending, what will you do? Will you weep and gnash your teeth or will you rejoice? I know what I will do – I will rejoice! For all our suffering will be ended and we will be carried by angels to heaven to spend all eternity with Jesus Christ!
In his song, “I Can Only Imagine,” Bart Millard wrote these words about Judgement Day: “Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel? Will I dance for You Jesus or in awe of You be still? Will I stand in Your presence or to my knees, will I fall? Will I sing hallelujah? Will I be able to speak at all? I can only imagine.”
Come, Lord Jesus, come. Amen.