My morning devotions, brought me upon a passage that caused me to consider those who are lost and have no idea of how to find their way spiritually. This started out, from a position of bewilderment, as to how something so obvious, to me and other believers, could be so veiled to others.
Then Jesus began to denounce the towns where he had done so many of his miracles, because they hadn’t repented of their sins and turned to God.
Matthew 11:20 (NLT)
Jesus was leaving, because despite the words he spoke, and the miracles that He performed in their presence, the lost were still lost in their sin.
I considered my life; my testimony. When the things I say, and my behavior; even when they are at their best, and it doesn’t seem to have any impact on those around me; why do I even bother?
That really didn’t last very long, as I considered the passage above. No matter how stark the contrast, between me and the world; I shouldn’t consider it to be surprising, the lack of response. Especially when you consider that Jesus, was God in the flesh. He was performing miracles; He was teaching the truths, of the ages, and yet He had similar results. So, why then would I think it strange that my simple reflection of His Grace, would be any different?
He reminded me that, my task was the sewing of seed; the watering of a garden. It is my job to be the light, that He told me to be. This was what was important. Not what did or did not spring, up as a result.
Just because people don’t respond to the message that we are tasked with, doesn’t make it a waste of time. First of all, it’s not my time to begin with, it is His! My task is to ‘be the light of the world’, simply because people don’t seem to respond, isn’t mine to be concerned with. My focus is to be the light, because that is what He tells me to be.
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
Matthew 5:14-16 (NLT)
“Let your good deeds shine out for all to see”. Being ‘the light’ involves our behavior, it involves what we say and do. If I am going to be the light, I can’t withdraw to the basket to be hidden there, simply because others don’t take notice. I must stand upon that hilltop and give light to all, regardless of if their eyes are open or not.
Jesus didn’t depart because He was defeated. He left because there were other places where His light needed to be shown. He was simply moving to another hilltop to cast His light there. Likewise, we need to.
About the Evidence
Redeemed by the Grace of Jesus. This Grace radiates and carries the Love of Christ to everyone around us.
Here is a rhetorical question: How do we know that our light is on? How do you know a light is on in a room?
If the light is on, you can see. If you can’t see, then there is a good chance that the light isn’t on.
So, if our life ‘reflects’ the light that Jesus has placed in us, that will be immediately visible in our actions. In everything we do and say. That isn’t to say that everyone will take note of that light, but that isn’t our job. It wasn’t for Jesus and it isn’t for us.
If those around you don’t see, then you reposition your light and continue to shine. You don’t stop shining, you move to a hill where the light is effective.
It is this light that is the evidence of our redemption.
Salvation is not about what we do, it is all about Grace!
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT)
Grace is about, all we do!
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
We aren’t shining because of the results we hope for. Our works are not an effort to secure our salvation. We are saved ‘By His Grace’ when we place our faith and hope in Him.
We shine as a result of that Grace acting on us and His Spirit in us. The evidence of redemption, is the force of Grace which draws us to ‘do the good things he planned for us long ago.’
So, keep shining. Leave the outcomes to the Lord. Just glow!