Did you know that as a believer, you change the atmosphere wherever you go in this world?
We live in a world of darkness, though some may not realize it. Before we came to Christ we were a part of the world, and also a part of that darkness. We were lost in sin, and death reigned over our lives.
Jesus is the light of the world. The moment that Christ came into our hearts, that light came to dwell in us.
When Jesus lived in this earthly realm, He said to those who followed Him:
“I am the light of the world, He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12 NKJV)
He also explained to them:
“While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you might become sons of light.” (John 12:36 NKJV)
When we believed in Christ as our Lord and Savior, we became a child of light. No longer are we a part of the darkness of the earthly system, we are light, just like our heavenly Father. This means that the day we accepted Christ into our hearts, He came to dwell in us and shine His heavenly light through us.
Now it’s our responsibility to let that light shine so that others may be drawn into it as well. In everything we say and do, God wants us to live our lives in such a way that we let the light of Christ shine. He wants it to be clearly visible to those around us. Every time we walk into a room for the first time, we change the atmosphere of that place because the light of the glory of God within us fills the entire room. Isn’t that amazing?
This is why the Apostle Paul wrote:
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.” (Ephesians 5:8 NKJV)
It is important as believers that we see ourselves the way the Bible describes us. Many times we have a poor self-image. We go about our daily lives as if we are no different than the people that we interact with. Many of us lament the fact that we work at a place where there are no other professing Christians, but that is actually a good place for us to shine.
We may not realize it, but God often puts us in difficult workplaces, so that we can shine even brighter. He doesn’t want us to hide our light, but look for opportunities to allow Christ to be seen in us. Our very presence changes the environment of the place where we are working. When people see the love, joy, and peace that God has brought into our lives, they can see Jesus in us. Many times these people have family members who are praying for them, and God may use us to answer their prayers.
“You are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:14 NKJV)
He went on to say:
“A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 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.” (Matthew 5:14-15 NKJV)
If we ask God to help us shine like a beacon wherever we go, whether in our own family, at work, or the grocery store, we will be delighted at what God will do through us. This is why Jesus said:
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16 NKJV)
Sometimes, we reveal Christ by praying for those around us. When we see someone going through a difficult situation, we shouldn’t be afraid to tell them that we are praying for them. Eventually, we will begin to see God do things in people’s lives. Our hope is that they will realize that God loves them and cares for them.
It is much easier to love those around us when we have joy in our lives. Praise is a vital key to having joy. When we learn to praise God and be thankful in all circumstances, we soon feel joy bubbling up inside of us. As a result, we will experience the peace of God in our hearts, even in difficult situations. This is what the world is looking for, and this is what they will see in us if we let the light shine.
You are holy, dear saint!
Have you asked God to help you be a beacon of light wherever you go? Let me know in the comments below!
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]