Let There Be Light!

Well I haven’t posted since a bit before the beginning of this last semester so I figured it was time for a new post! I’m taking Interim Semester off from Calvin College, so I’ve just been chilling in Santa Maria.

Something that God has been teaching me is that I’ve gotten to the point where I’m not concerned with Jesus’ command for Christians to make disciples of all nations, let alone the nation I live in, or with the spreading of His Good News. That is Jesus’ Great Commission, and that is the job that we Christians have while we are still here, to proclaim the Good News of reconciliation to God through Jesus and to make disciples. All other things should flow from that; whether we’re a doctor, plumber, pastor, soldier, politician, musician, businessman, or whatever, we are called to be missionaries, with the ultimate goal of making disciples and reflecting Jesus.

It’s so easy though, if we’re not doing what is necessary to be spiritually healthy (digging into His Word, seeking Him in prayer, fellowshipping with other believers) to come to a point where we aren’t really overly concerned with letting others know about Jesus. We don’t really want people, whether they be our family or friends, to know that we love Jesus. We’re sort of embarrassed and don’t want them to thing we’re weird religious people. So, even if we’re able to overcome actively taking part in their sin, we certainly won’t make the active effort to be a light in their life, making it known and evident that we love Jesus by our speech and by how we act. We’ll just sort of keep it to ourselves.

Sadly, I’ve found myself to be guilty of this very thing. I’ve lost sight of the fact that all Christians are missionaries. I’ve lost sight of the fact that the goal isn’t just to feel good knowing I have Jesus, but to now go and make some more disciples. Christians, being a Christian isn’t and shouldn’t be a private thing! Look at what Jesus says in the Sermon on the Mount:

“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.”

Christians, we aren’t just supposed to try to get by not sinning, we’re supposed to let our light shine to others so that they will see our good works and give glory to God! We need to want people to know that we love Jesus and for them to see it in how we talk and walk. We need to be making an active effort to be a light in this dark world, so that they will see that we love Jesus.

I want to reiterate that point. So that they will see that we love Jesus. Again, it shouldn’t be this private thing where we just try to mind our own business when we’re chilling with our non-Christian friends and family, where we have this “I won’t deny Jesus but I won’t actively make it known that I love Him” attitude.
We are to want them to see that we love Jesus. They need Jesus, and just as Jesus is the mediator between God and man, we are the mediator between Jesus and the world. Jesus said that just as the Father sent Him, He is sending us, to be in the world but not of it.  Let your light shine, Christians, our goal in this life is proclaim and lift up Jesus, teaching others about Him and making disciples. That is what we are on this earth to do.

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