Matthew 5:16 – Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.
The name “Christian” means “like Christ.” We are to set the example, the Biblical standard, for others to see in this life. We are not perfect; so you can expect to have some failures along the way. But we are to be more like Him than like ourselves.
Have you ever noticed that when you make a decision on your own without true prayer and discernment from the Lord, you tend to make the wrong decision? Do you remember the last time you did something in your own strength and didn’t finish well? This is because you weren’t relying on the One true source of our strength and faith – Jesus.
Humanly speaking, we want to impress the rest, but as Christians, our entire purpose here is to point the way back to Jesus. We can’t do that if our focus is on us rather than Him. So how do we change that? Spend time in His Word daily, talk to Him about your dreams and plans, and make it an important part of your day. The more time you spend with Jesus, the more like Him you will become.
You cannot live your entire life within the Christian bubble. We all have a mission field we are called to plow, water, sow and reap from. You cannot expect to live the Christian life and not be exposed to the world. It’s simply not possible. Jesus didn’t give us salvation to horde it for ourselves – we are supposed to give it away to others. How do you do this? By sharing your faith in Christ and let others see your struggles and your victories in Jesus.
I have several friends and family that are “good people” by human standards, but they are not true believers in the faith. That’s ok – that is my mission field. I haven’t been called to Haiti, Uganda or South Africa to preach to the lost. I have been called to serve Jesus here – where I am. It’s a great calling, but even at times I think being called to a mission field field where others don’t know me would be easier to share my faith. Rejection from strangers seems to be so much easier than rejection from those that I love and care about.
Are you hording your faith for yourself, living your life in your own strength or not giving Him the glory for the things He’s done in your life? Can those around you – in your mission field – see Jesus at work in your life? Who do people see most working in your life – you or Jesus? Whoever they see, that is who they will give credit to.