Ever wonder what your role as a Christian may be?
I love how Matthew 5:13 in the message translation says "Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavours of this earth. "
Then the Voice translation reads Matthew 5:14 "you beloved are the light of the world.....You are like that illuminating light. Let your light shine everywhere you go, that you may Illumine creation, so men and women everywhere may see your good actions, may see creation at its fullest, may see your devotion to Me, and may turn and praise your Father in heaven because of it."
So often I believe Christians have this idea in their heads that they need to go around sharing their opinions on hot button topics or they need to point out other peoples faults and failures when God clearly asks us to go about living our lives in a way that illuminates his goodness and his glory! He says "they will see your devotion to ME",not devotion to an opinion or and agenda but to ME. This verse is also calling us into a deeper relationship with our saviour, and when we do, our hearts will soften and change towards those around us.
I believe most of the time it means keeping our mouths shut and loving on people right where they are at, not where we want them to be!!
It's our actions that people see, it's our bright light that they are drawn to.
After-all it's the GOODNESS of God that leads man to repentance, not Christians pointing fingers down at somebody who is hurting.
Let's go out into the world today and shine our lights, shine bright the light of ENCOURAGEMENT, of KINDNESS, of HOPE, of RESTORATION , of ACCEPTANCE, of FORGIVENESS, of PEACE and above all else UNCONDITIONAL LOVE ~ take the conditions off of our love and shine bright the light we've been given!!!
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