“…Let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven” (Matthew 5:16 NIV).
If we look at the this entire passage of conversation in which Jesus is telling us how our roles should be seen, we get the picture of being a person who is absolutely necessary in bringing others into the knowledge of God. In verse 13–we are salt–we have the ability to preserve and stop the bloodshed. In verse 14–we are light–the light that must shine brightly in a dark world so others can see their way back to Christ. If they see our good deeds and glorify our Father in heaven, they are more likely going to accept God’s way of doing things.
So, are the problems we face in the world the fault of the people who don’t know God and deny His existence or is that we have not fulfilled our role? Are we being the preservative of others’ souls we’re instructed to be (instructing, advising, being an example)? Are others seeing our good deeds so we can win them, not by what we say, but by what they see?
This is not an accusation, but it is intended to ignite reflection about how we–who say we believe–do things. If we are just talking the talk and not walking it, we’re wasting our time and the time of those we are attempting to convince. In the minds of some–we are hypocrites. In the minds of some–we are crazy. I’d rather be thought crazy–because of my public proclamations of God’s goodness than a hypocrite because I’m talking too much or too loud and saying and doing nothing. I’d rather be the light than a partaker of the darkness.
Lord, help me to become a beacon of light in the dark places of souls of all those around me so they will glorify You.
Will the real followers of Christ—please stand up and speak out against ungodliness?
Church folks—those of you who just go to church because you think it impresses God or man—sit down and be quiet! Pick up a bible and study to show yourself approved unto God (not man), a workman who knows how to rightly divide The Word! From the looks of things in our society, I would have to say we have more church folks—pretending to have a relationship with God-than we do real followers of Christ—many of whom have become “secret agents” for the Lord because they don’t want to be persecuted by the masses of those who commit ungodliness and try to convince others that God doesn’t mind.
The secret agents live in isolation as it pertains to their faith in God. God and they are the only ones who know about them. The rest of the world is kept in the dark about who they really are because they refuse to speak up or speak out in support of what God says. These agents feel that it is more important to not discuss anything that may create confusion or division. This is why they say, “I was always told not to discuss politics or religion.”
Once again, they will not speak out about the corrupted political arena or the flaws of those who profess to be Christians who really are not. Real Christians try to live the life that indicates they are followers of Christ. They do not try to reinvent the Word to pacify their fluctuating beliefs. They do not try to say God said one thing over another when He didn’t. Real Christians understand that whatever God said is sin in The Word is still sin in the world. Jesus did not come to change anything God said, but to bring us back into right relationship with the Father so we would have access to heaven as our eternal destination.
None who attempt to manipulate The Word or what God says will enter into the Kingdom for they do not know the Father and have no right to the inheritance as a joint-heir when they cannot be, as Christ is—totally subject to doing the will of the Father. Man-pleasers have no place in the inheritance for the Word says, we should please God for we cannot please man. If we are honest with ourselves, we would have to acknowledge that truth since man changes the rules of living as they go along, in order to get along with everyone, and will at any time decide to change the rules as needed. Is God happy with that? I doubt it. He said, “I am the Lord your God and I change not!” So where does that leave us? It should lead us to wanting to know how to please Him rather than man since man has no heaven or hell for anyone, but themselves. However, we do choose, by our actions, our appointed destination—heaven or hell. Where will you spend eternity?