Don't Blend In
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Even adults can get happy when they sing the children’s praise song, “This Little Light of Mine”. You almost can’t help but smile being reminded of our purpose and calling in life. We were not created to conform, we were born to shine. Jesus said in Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
You might be thinking to yourself, what difference can one person make? The answer is all the difference in the world. Consider two individuals in the Bible and the consequences of their lives. Read from Romans chapter 5 and see the contrast, notice the difference a single life can make, good or bad. Romans 5:17-19 says comparing the actions of Adam and Jesus, “For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.” What a difference a life lived for God can make.
Let your light shine today, friend, and make a difference in someones world today. None of us can serve everybody like Jesus did, but everybody can serve somebody. Here are a few suggestions from the Word of God on the difference each of us can make. James 5:20 says, “let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.” That reminds me of the story of the Syrian Monk named Telemachus? In about 400 AD, in Rome the church was suffering tremendous persecution. The Colosseum was filled with spectators watching blood sport as Christians were tortured and fed to the lions as people would sit and watch as their entertainment.
One day Telemachus, who was in the crowd to see what was going on looked on in horror. As he saw what was happening, he was sickened by it. And so this small in stature Syrian monk stood tall and gets up from his seat and runs down, jumps over the outside railing, and goes out into the arena floor, and starts waving his arms saying, “in the name of Christ, stop this”. Because he interrupted their entertainment, they ordered Telemachus to be thrust through with a sword and killed. Some accounts say he was stoned to death. The bottom line is, the innocent blood of Telemachus filled the arena floor when he died that day.
But something interesting happened. Over the next few months, the number of people who came to watch the killing of human beings for sport began to diminish. Because one man stood up, because one man wouldn’t be intimated by evil, the hearts of many were convicted and just a few months later the crowds coming to be entertained by this blood sport had fallen off so much they ended the practice all together. And all because one man refused to blend in to the crowd and stood up and let his light shine.
Don’t be intimidated by evil. Lets you and I determine to be those who stand up for Jesus today, refusing to blend remembering all the while that, “those who don’t stand for something will fall for anything.”
“for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”
I LOVE YOU!
Test PositiveHow Not To ForgetYour Best Year EverRelationship Over RulesKeep The Main Thing The Main ThingBonding FiresTake Me To ChurchWeight Gain Is GoodNot Seeing Is Believing Everything You Need To KnowLove Wins!Servants Not Slaves8 P's and 7 B'sWhat The World Needs NowThe World Is Falling... Into Place10 Minutes That Change The WorldHow To Kill A ButterflyWhat's The Score?You Can Know For SureWe Need A Good Wind StormThe Little Things
The Power of KindnessThe Cure For WorryThe Truth; The Whole Truth; And Nothing But The TruthGod UnderstandsDefining MomentsBetter Than NewLittle's Make Big'sOne Hour Could Change Your WorldInstructions With PicturesGrow Through ItFire and IceA Sweet Sweet SoundThe Way Up Is DownThe Gift of YouThe Cure For DepressionA Flower In Life's SidewalkLets Be FriendsOur Secret WeaponLove Win'sAll Gave Some, Some Gave All
Presence of MindFULLY ALIVEA Balanced LifeThink AgainHope In The DarkDon't Fill The CracksExchange Your 'Why' For 'What'Fear is FuelUse The KeyUse Your Smile To Change The World. Don't Let The World Change Your SmileOut With The OldCrossing PathsYou Have Your Father's EyesBecoming OneHidden In Plain SightDon't Blend InLocking ArmsWisdom verses KnowledgeThe War WithinThe Helpers HighEaster Changes Everything!
International Atheist DayThe Good In Good FridayLet The "Sonshine" InEaster TuesdayLearning To LingerBe YouI Can See Clearly NowShineLast WordsOpportunity KnocksYou Be JesusGod's DelaysBroken Into Something SweetGod Knows Your Real NameSilence Isn't GoldenA Common EnemyGod's GPSBroken Into OneYou Can Do It!When Silence Is GoldenYou Have To Enter To Win!
The Gift of LeeWhat Is Under Your Blanket?RACE TO THE BOTTOMGod's GymThe Best of MeDesire, Discipline, DelightHeaven's Beauty SecretsGet Enlightened Not FrightenedLessons Learned The Hard WayNo Ordinary JoeFully Alive!Finish Strong!Givers and TakersNo Fear In LoveLike A Walk In The ParkColor EverywherePerfect In Any Light