“Let your light shine before others, so that your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
You are the most important person in the continuing ministry of Jesus Christ in the world. You may not believe it, but people depend on you to live out this Good News called Jesus Christ, especially in a world that seems to be full of one-sided conversations and adversarial relationships. People yearn for more than what they see, and desire to live a life of pure joy but often times have difficulty finding the peace that comes through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. In the past few days, the lyrics from Jeremy Camp’s “Give me Jesus” have been ringing in my ears, “you can have all this world, just give me Jesus.” Just give me Jesus; that desire can be fulfilled through our faithful witness of the grace of Jesus Christ. Jesus is amazing; he reached out and touched those others would not even consider worthy their time. Jesus saw people, all people, as God’s beloved worthy of Jesus dying for on a cross for them. When others saw someone as unworthy, dirty, and soiled with the cares and bitter crosses of the culture or sullied by the judgments folks cast upon them, he looked beyond and saw a soul worthy of being saved. When your witness is a witness of grace, there is rejoicing in heaven, because someone has found what their soul has been seeking. Our witness of God’s grace is not about rules or regulations or making sure the way we believe is how they should believe, it is about sharing the same love that God has shared with us to another. It is offering the gift of eternal life; it is knowing that when somebody turns back to the mighty and loving arms of Jesus, their life will never be the same. Your words or actions may be the only hope they receive when they need it the most. The light of Christ can only be seen when it is not hidden. Faith needs to be shared. You have been given an incredible gift not to be tucked away but to be celebrated. This thing we have received called grace is amazing, it reaches beyond what is seen and extends not judgement or pain, but shares hope, compassion and understanding. We offer grace through our witness not for our glory but for the glory of God. As St. Paul writes, “Yes, everything is for your sake so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving to the glory of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:15) May your words and your deeds give glory to God as you extend the love of Christ to somebody that is waiting and hoping for a transformed life in Christ. You are the witness of Jesus that is so important. Think about it this way, the soul of another just wants Jesus and is crying out, “just give me Jesus,” just give me Jesus to the glory of God. Thank you Jesus!