- Religion and Philosophy
How to Be a Light to the World
When your co-workers doesn’t respect your hard work; when your family members say hurtful things; when your children refuse to listen to you—it is hard to let the light of Jesus’ love shine through you, to them.
When you’re allowed to have free will, so is anyone else who may or may not hurt you. God doesn’t promise that you will have no days of misery (That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. Matthew 5:45) Sin has a rippling effect and it may touch your life. But what He does promise you, is to be there for you: "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." 2 Corinthians 12:9 It all depends on how you respond to these downpours. Will you shout at God and shake your fist to the heavens, or kneel and bow your head pleading for his Grace?
Pray to Him, Daily
Every morning before you get out of bed, and every night, when you get back in your bed—you need to submit your life to Jesus. You must give your choices, your thoughts, your work, your life—your all to Jesus. "For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him;" Deuteronomy 11:22
God wants to be part of everything in your life. Your work, your family, your good and your bad: he is the fountain of life, and the source of your life. "For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light." Psalm 36:9 "If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me." Psalm 139:11 Give your life to His hands, and he shall be a light even in the night.
Learn to Trust Him Everyday
Can you honestly say you love Jesus? Can people tell by looking at you? Are you distrustful of your co-workers? Are you short-tempered with your family? Are you lonely and miserable? Can you honestly say, "You Love the Lord," in the midst of your current problem?
Everyone has problems, but Christians know to take them to Jesus. You need to leave them at Jesus’ feet and pray for understanding; for the peace that God promises (Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6, 7). Will He make these problems go away? Maybe He will give you wisdom to resolve the problem. But in all things, you have to take them to Him and trust Him to take care of it. "The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1 "Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous." Psalm 112:4 "And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them." Isaiah 42:16 "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." John 8:12
When you follow Jesus, you don't need to stay in darkness. You can have His light. In that way, you will learn to trust Him and truly understand Him. If you don’t know Him or trust Him, how can you truly love him? "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?" 1 John 4:20
If You Love Him, Let His Love Shine In You
Jesus loves you so much, He left heaven to come to earth. He suffered pain and eventually died a horrendous death so he could take away your sins. He doesn’t ask us to be perfect so we can go to heaven, he asks us to love perfectly, so that we can be a light to the world. The short life He lived on earth, He lived for others: His family, the sick and miserable, the world. We can never live that perfect [loving] life without Jesus. Only by having the Holy Spirit in us, can we smile through the tears, shrug off the hurt and move on to face another day. "But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." John 3:21
It isn't our own light, we need to show the world. We need to let Jesus use us, to show His light to the world. His deeds that is manifest, wrought in God.
God's Light will Shine in Us, Towards The World
The love and forgiveness that Jesus teaches us, is how the world will see and know Jesus—through us. Not by our “loving acts” but by our living a Jesus-filled life. "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:14, 16
God’s love have been revealed to us, and the only thing we can do in response is be used by God to show the world His love. "For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth." Acts 13:47 "For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:" Ephesians 5:8 "To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me." Acts 26:18 "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." 2 Corinthians 4:6 "Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:" Colossians 1:12
Is being a Christian a burden? Is it too difficult? Can people tell you’re a Christian by your countenance? Do you have joy they can see? Do you have peace that they can’t understand? You can turn to Him and plead for His help. You don’t need to do anything except pray and want His light; no list of "good" to follow, no bargaining. Just accept His love in your life.
- Having a Relationship With God
Whether Christians or atheists argue about God, He is. You can deny His existence, but He does not deny yours.