“Give yourself permission to appreciate how divine and necessary your presence is in this world. Shine your light intentionally and unapologetically.” Rob Hill
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
One of the consistent themes throughout the Bible is that God expects his followers to not only obey him but in doing so to be examples of his power, love and mercy in this world. You read it in the stories of Moses, Abraham, Noah, Gabriel, David, Esther, Joseph, Daniel, Samuel, Peter, James, John, Mary, Martha, Paul, Barnabas, Timothy, etc. The list could go on and on but I think you get the idea. All of these and more were men and women who believed in God, obeyed him and as a result others learned about God.
What about us? Are God’s expectations of us any different or less? I think not. Jesus’ words in Matthew 5 are as applicable to his followers today (that would be us) as they were to those he was speaking to in that setting.
Don’t be afraid to stand up for God. Don’t apologize for speaking the truth in love. Be bold, fearless, unwavering. Be a voice for God in this world that so desperately needs to hear him. Face opposition head on. Remember that our enemy Satan has been defeated! Don’t do it to draw attention to yourself but to point people to Jesus!