“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Matthew 5:16 is one of my favorite verses in the Bible because to me it’s what being a Christian is all about. When you tell someone you’re a Christian they should be able to see it as well, actions speak louder than words. Anyone can profess to be a Christian, but who can show it?
Lately I’m afraid the batteries in my light have been dead and my light has been out. It’s not like I’ve been completely off track with my walk with God but I’ve been caught up with worldly things & worldly feelings that I’ve clouded the area around my light & let it go dim and I’ve just been letting it pass and letting is pass that now my light is completely out. No more. Today I have replaced the batteries in my life & I will let it shine! Just as the song says, “Hide it under a bushel, no…I’m gonna let it shine!”
Personally, I feel like I get so caught up with other people I get my focus off of myself. For example; well so and so doesn’t do this or that so why should I? I should because if I feel it’s something I need to do in my heart, something that God has laid on my heart to do and I ignore it then I’m basically ignoring God, or putting Him on hold and that’s not how it works. If you’re focused on other people you can’t be focused on God.
It’s no one else’s job to keep me in check but mine. No one knows my heart like God and myself and I shouldn’t, nor can I expect anyone else to keep me in check but me and me alone. Nor should anyone want to because they should be worrying about themselves as well. Now I’m not saying that if your friend, or someone who you’re use to seeing at church every time the doors are open misses 2 Sunday’s in a row or something like that, you can’t call or text them & ask them if they’re ok, that’s not what I’m saying. What I mean is that you shouldn’t be trying to keep up with others, compare yourself to others or anything like that.
Christians shouldn’t be following other Christians, they should be following Christ.
As a Christian my goal should not be to be like other people I go to church with, my goal should be to be like Christ. & that’s my new goal. I know a lot of people are thinking of New year resolutions for 2017 but I’m starting today. My prayer is not that I become more like the lady on the 3rd row in church, or to be more like the preacher’s wife. My prayer is to be more like Christ, so filled and so on fire that others want to know what has made me different. I don’t want to blend in, I want to be set apart.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” -Romans 12:2