Men of Redemption

Restoring a Life of Purity – One Day at a Time

A Writer’s Thoughts . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 20, 2015

Writer's thoughts

On Letting Your Light Shine . . . .

Every Christian wants everybody to see them in a positive light always. We want to be seen praying for others; we want to be seen encouraging those who need help in understanding; and we want the affirmation that we are doing what God wants us to do. Yeah, I get that. I wish that was true for all of us Christians, but in reality it truly isn’t. Letting our light shine is one of the most difficult challenges we face as children of God because I’m finding that too many of us are still living with one foot “in the world” and the other foot in the church. It’s hard to distinguish if we are a Christian serving God and others or are we just plain hypocritical and self-serving. Is it the affirmation we’re looking for? Is it the “church by association” mentality we like others to see? Or is it our position or title in a certain denomination that makes us feel important? It could be all of the above, but we’re missing the point about our light shinning. This is what Matthew 5:16 says . . . .

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

I believe letting our light shine is indicating here that as children of God, we are to allow the character of Christ, His attributes and how we live our lives be exemplified in our character and integrity. It’s not about what deeds or performances you display for notoriety and affirmation. It’s about letting the transformation of your life from what you used to be to how God has healed and blessed you to live a life saved by grace through faith. Helping others, caring for others, being involved in ministry work and displaying the fruits of the Spirit are the results of letting our light shine. When these results are evident, others will see God in what we’re doing and how we’re living daily, and that will inspire others to glorify God because of His goodness and mercy. We can’t fake transformation because it involves a heart change. People will know us by the fruits we bare.

These are just some thoughts of a writer with a concern for Holy and Spiritual things. I’m just saying . . . .




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