SHINE YOUR LIGHT
‘And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry,‘ 1 Tim 1:12
When my daughter was barely a year old, her father and I observed this strange thing she would do whenever we gave her the phone to speak to a relative. She would take the phone, stand up and begin walking around the room doing things like tidying, or move from room to room whilst chatting. It was bizarre and we just couldn’t understand it. Until one day, I was on the phone and when I ended the call her dad said to me “It’s you. You don’t stay in one place when you’re on the phone and you’re always doing something”. Yes, our daughter was observing me and learning through my actions and I wasn’t conscious that even those little things were teaching aids for her.
The weight of responsibility one feels when you are conscious of the influence your actions can have on others can be overwhelming. It makes you mindful of your conduct as you begin to realise that your life impacts on more than just yourself but has consequences for others.
We are the body of Christ, the church. Through us people are to see the proclamation of the truth that is Christ. If our lives do not flow in harmony with what we say, people will inevitably not listen to what we have to say about God.
Our faith is our lifestyle. Yes, you may have a past that may be questionable but all that fades away in God. There is no need to be ashamed of from where God has lifted you; it is a shame to continue to allow that to mar your ability to be an effective minister to others.
Whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, our belief makes all of us ministers in some way. We are called to be the light of the world (Matt 5:14), to be doers (James 1:22-25). Does your life speak the truth in Christ? When people look at you, do they see God at work?
Ask God to show you areas of your lifestyle that may misrepresent Him.
Beloved LORD, help me to be more effective in Your word, Your Spirit and Your Grace, in Christ Jesus’s name, Amen.
Written by Orode Faka of @thelafamily