“So may all your enemies perish, Lord!
But may all who love you be like the sun
when it rises in its strength.” Judges 5:31
Shine bright! This is our sole purpose in life. We are lights of the world, cities on a hill (Matthew 5:14). We are called to exude radiant beams of Christ’s hope and promises into the darkness and pitch black night. I am certain that you have heard this before. But what does this actually look like in our daily lives? How can we literally, spiritually, and tangibly shine for Jesus, each day?
Through our words. Let your words be grace filled and edifying to all who hear. Use your words to lift others up, not to tear down or defame. Avoid the gray areas of gossip.
Through our deeds. Shining can be in the small things. Little acts of generosity and courage are acutely noticed by our Heavenly Father.
Shine God’s light into your family. Your home is your mission field! We are called to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19), yes indeed. But first and foremost, consider the potential eternal impact you could have on your children’s hearts, and in your husband’s life. You have a salient part to play. Shine Bright!
Reach out to the lost and the hurting. Sponsor a child who is impoverished, and in need of Jesus’ love. Talk to your kids about this endeavor.
Reach out to other mothers who are hurting, searching, and unknowingly seeking Jesus. Think of a Mama in your life who does not know the Lord. Befriend that Mama, even when it feels awkward, uncomfortable, or unsolicited. Befriend. Establish a relationship with her and lead her to Jesus in the best way that you know how. Shine into the darkness, the lives of the lost and broken.
Share your testimony. Our testimonies are our most powerful tools of evangelism. There is resurrection power, God given authority, and Christ infused boldness in the words of our testimonies breathed into other people’s lives. The Holy Spirit has a way of using our testimonies for his Kingdom purposes, to change hearts. Don’t underestimate the power of your sharing and opening up your heart to other women through unveiling your former weaknesses, tribulations, and struggles, and how Jesus uplifted you through it. Speak the name of “Jesus” by sharing your testimony.
They triumphed over him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death. Revelation 12:11
We are called to minister to the saints, our fellow Christian friends and acquaintances. But even moreso, we are called to shine into the dark. Meet the needs of those who do not know Jesus. Plain and simple. Talk about Jesus. Love like Jesus. Live and befriend sinners, like Jesus. We need close Christian friends, but we are also called to reach out and be branches that connect and lead others to the source of our fruit. Branch out to those who are disconnected, lost in darkness.
Be fruitful through love. Be fruitful through grace. Be generous. Be kind. Turn the other cheek. Look around for those in need, and bring them along with you. Share your light. It provides warmth, sight, reveals perils in life, and shows us the way to eternal life, through Jesus.
We are reflections of God’s glory and goodness. Live boldly for Christ, undaunted and unashamed. Declare his name through the way you live your life. Don’t be shy to speak the name of Jesus into lost people’s lives. Share your testimony. Shine bright.
Steps of Faith:
Read the Message version of Matthew 5:14-16 and prayerfully consider what this could look like in your life:
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
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