“Each day is a brand new opportunity to be Jesus to the world.” (R. Falcon)
“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” (2 Corinthians 2:14)
How exciting is that? I’m reminded of the familiar saying, “You may be the only Jesus some will ever see.”
A new week lies ahead, filled with responsibilities, challenges, and much more that’s known only to God. But come what may, if we belong to Jesus, we know that every day we will have the opportunity to represent Him to those around us. Jesus tells us, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
Throughout the week most of us will probably brush elbows with people who are walking in the light and those also who are walking in darkness. What will they see in us?
Chuck Swindoll has made this observation . . . “When you live in darkness, you not only have no ray of light, you don’t even know where home is. That is the way it is for the majority in the world. Some folks are born, raised, and die in cultures that have never seen their first flashlight of hope. Imagine it! When the truth of that hits me, I find myself a little impatient with Christians who do nothing but shine lights for themselves. They even have what we might call flashlight parties where they just shine the light on each other. Lots of light! Too much light to be hoarded! Jesus says to shine for the world. Shine your light into the darkness; that’s where it is really needed. Spend less time in your own little well-lighted all Christian world and more time there in the darkness!”
What a great reminder for all of us! While we certainly must encourage and edify one another within the body of Christ, we need to be careful not to “hoard the Light.” Jesus never intended that!
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
It’s been said that our lives are a window to God. It’s not so much “our talk,” as it is “our walk” that matters. People see Jesus through how we talk, walk, and live out our everyday lives. What shape are our windows in? Hmmm . . . maybe I need to take a look and wipe off any dirt or haziness, so that a clear and undistorted picture of Jesus can be seen. You never know who might be peeking in. “God, please help me to be mindful of “keeping the windows clean” and the “light on,” so that a clear and undistorted picture of You will always be “the view from here. . . “