By: Lisa Wilmore
Scripture: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:16).
There is and always has been a Great Commission by Jesus as recorded in the Bible that says, “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19-20). In fact, our christian leaders have begun to seriously teach members in the body of Christ about this assignment which was indoctrinated by Christ himself. Before we adhere to these teachings, we must make certain that our lights are shining before men.
With regards to discipleship, we have a responsibility to let our light shine in order to be effective witnesses. The Bible teaches us, “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). However, this does not give us a “blank check” to commit sin.
Obviously, there are certain sins that society views as greater sins than others. For instance, persons may view adultery, murder, or homosexuality as horrible sins and believe that there should be a greater punishment for them. But, bearing false witness (lying), gossiping, or unforgiveness are equal to the aforesaid sins because, “All unrighteousness is sin” (1John 5:17).
In essence, if a christian has committed one sin, then, he or she is guilty of all sins (James 2:10).
Dear hearts, although Christ has died for our sins and redeemed us with his blood, this does not give us the right to continue in sin. We should not be guilty of disobeying God’s word at all, while ignoring our dimming light. It is our responsibility to “let our light shine before men”, at all times.
Why is it important to let our light shine? Well, people are lost and in need of a Savior. If our light is not shining, we are of little value in bringing them into the marvelous light. This light is Jesus. Consequently, if we live for him, our light will shine brightly, revealing Christ, who lives in us. We must not be guilty of blending in, to fit in, with the world. If so, we will not be able to affect change in the lives of lost souls.
Disciples for Christ must be a light for the world. We must be the bible that people read. Therefore, when we fall short, and we will, quickly repent (turn away sorrowfully), pray for God’s future guidance in your life. Allow people to see Christ who lives within you, because their lives are dependent on it.