A function of a believer in Christ is not based on what we do, but who we are.
In a message delivered by Mark Zarling, President of Martin Luther College, he reminds all Christians of our status. We are lights of the gospels. We are a city of light on top of a hill. This power is not something that we generate on our own, but a result of being connected to Christ. By remaining in Christ, a Christian can’t help but to shine.
Then, why do we so often feel dim?
Perhaps as Christians we forget about our status. When our lives feel consumed by darkness, we feel like one small candle flickering in the night sky. But sometimes, one lit candle is enough. Light always conquers darkness. The human eye can pick up on one lit candle thirty miles away in total darkness. Even though we feel like our light is dim, the light of Christ never dims.
We recall that there is nothing a believer can do to make Jesus love them more and there is nothing a believer can do to make Jesus love them less. In the same way, displaying the light of Christ is not based on how we feel, but trusting God’s Word. When Christ tells us to let our light shine, we simply let it shine. Our light shines because we trust that God makes it so.
We can pray,
“O Lord, let my light shine before all people. So often, I feel as if my light is so dim. Embarassed. Afraid. But, shining my light is not based on my efforts, but by remaining in Christ. I trust that I’m a light that sits on top of a hill in the darkness of my world. I trust your words to be true. Lord, you call on us to proclaim the gospel. We understand that demonstration and proclamation go hand-in-hand. Help us to always remember our identity, to trust in your promises, and remain connected to you. Amen.”
Good blog posts this week:
“When life is going well, the thought creeps in that I’m dure for something bad to happen, asi if I’ve used up my blessings quote for the month. And when I’ve done the same boneheaded sin for the umpteenth time, I start to act as if it’s time to do some extra good works for the extra forgiveness he gave me – as if I ran his forgiveness bucket dry and need to pay him back.” (Linda Buxa) http://www.timeofgrace.org/index.php/blog/GodGivesUsBroadbandAccess
“Witnessing to Mormons 101” http://tilm.org/blog-post/witnessing-to-mormons-101/