When it comes to your Christian witness to the watching world, would you say it should be classified as “light” or “blight?” Light is something that makes things visible and affords illumination. Blight, on the other hand, is something that impairs or destroys the luster of something.
So . . . how would you describe the confession of your life in putting the truths of the Gospel on display for the people God brings into your life? Are you light? Or blight?
After having examined the lives of Christians for many years, one Jewish rabbi said: “Christians claim that Jesus Christ is the Savior of sinners, but they show no more signs of being saved than anyone else.”
The German atheist philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “If I saw more redeemed people, I might be more inclined to believe in their Redeemer.” As the redeemed of God, we are to put the Gospel on display in a way that makes Christianity attractive to the watching world. Jesus said we are to be light in a dark world . . . that we are to let our light shine before men. Now, I know we are not responsible for saving anyone by the way we live our lives. Jesus Christ alone is the Savior of the world. But we certainly are responsible for making our God attractive by reflecting His grace, mercy, and love.
When we are more concerned with self-protection than self-sacrifice, we distort the picture of the Gospel and become a blight rather than a light. When we love things more than we love others, we distort the picture of the Gospel and become a blight rather than a light. When our greatest goal is being right rather than being loving, we distort the picture of the Gospel and become a blight rather than a light. When our heart beats more for the self than for the Savior, we distort the Gospel and become a blight rather than a light.
God has called us to Himself to bring honor and glory to His name. We are to reveal His glory, His goodness, and His grace in such astonishing ways that those who come in contact with us are simply astonished. Why? Because if we are truly living Spirit-filled lives we become a light that reflects an accurate picture of our Most High God.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
An obese person makes a poor personal trainer. A person buried under a mountain of debt makes a poor financial planner. And the redeemed of God who are blights rather than lights make poor Christians. The apostle Paul tells us of “the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:4), which is to be the confession of our lives, as imperfect as that confession may be. All those who come in contact with us should see the nature of Christ reflected in the profession of our lips and our lives. The light of Christ shines through us when we love unconditionally, forgive completely, and serve sacrificially. At this level of living, those around us are drawn toward the light as we point toward our Prince.
Only by walking further up and further in to the truths of the Gospel will our light so shine, because our light is His light in us—the indwelling Holy Spirit, who shines forth from every fiber of our being when we are living for our Savior rather than ourselves.
So . . . which is it for you today? When the world around you sees in you one who is redeemed, they will begin to believe that you actually have a Redeemer—a Redeemer who lives . . . and He lives in you!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!