I initially wanted to name this blog Salt & Light. I am passionate to share how we as Christians can actually shine bright for God. However, there were already so many sites with salt and light in some related form and I wanted to do something different. So I prayed about it for week and one morning God gave me the idea of pleasingtothePotter and here we are!
As young child in Sunday school I remember singing “this little light of mine; I’m gonna let it shine” It’s a cute song with a lovely melody. I enjoyed singing it but I’m not sure I truly knew what it meant back then. Since recommitting my life to Christ in 2012, I have a new favorite “light” song that has truly inspired me. I will share it at the end of this post!
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus covered a variety of topics.. In Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus says, “You are the light of the world.. Let your let shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” One of the most important things I realized while recovering from my stroke is that being a Christian is about being a testimony for God. I wanted to tell anyone I came in contact with about Jesus! I would pass out tracts to the nurses at doctor’s office, give them to my co-workers, and even the UPS delivery drivers! I feel deeply in my heart that God allowed me to survive the stroke to share my faith. Although it was a little awkward for me at first; the more I shared the easier it became. In fact, now I get upset when I feel I missed an opportunity.
Here are 5 things that with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit we can do as a shining example of our Lord.
1 Live Godly
In 1 Timothy 6:11 the Apostle Paul is instructing his young protege’, Timothy and he says, “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love..” As a Christian there should be evidence that a transformation has taken place. We have the Holy Spirit living within us. That is the light that should shine as a testimony of our Savior. What we say, how we behave, and our attitudes show others who we are in Christ. It is not about being perfect but becoming a true reflection of Jesus Christ while we are still here on this earth.
2 Love Unconditionally
Love is a word that sometimes gets tossed around recklessly. For example; I love that car or ” I love pizza!” God talks about an unconditional, selfless love. Putting Him first and loving others as much as we love ourselves. In Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second, is like it, “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” What a difference it would make in all our relationships if we loved the way God commanded.
I struggle with loving like this and I have to remind myself that it is only through God’s power that enables me to love like He does. I came across a passage recently that really spoke to me about loving one another and how this glorifies God.
1 Peter 4:8-10 “Above all keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaint. As each one has been blessed with a spiritual gift….by the strength that God supplies, so that in all things God may be glorified in Jesus Christ.”
3 Listen Quietly
There is a saying that goes, there is a reason God gave us two ears and one mouth, “We need to listen more and talk less!” Seriously, we need to listen quietly not only in our conversations with each other but in our prayers also. Listen for direction, instruction, and guidance.
It is easy sometimes to get caught up reciting a “laundry list” of prayer requests to God. We need to start our prayers with quiet reverence and thanksgiving in our prayers. Ask God what is His will is for us each day. How can He use us to glorify Him and be a help to someone else. See the example that God gave us in Matthew 6:9-13 also known as the “Lord’s prayer.
9 “Pray, then, in this way:
“Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
4 Learn Continually
As believers in Christ the minute we think we have seen or heard everything, we open ourselves up to attacks from Satan. Psalm 1:2 states, “How blessed is the man that delights in the law of the Lord and meditates in it day and night.”
Study what you read in God’s word.(I love study bibles!) Ask yourself:How does this apply to my life? Now I am not walking around everywhere with my head in the clouds singing the Hallelujah chorus all the time but I have started trying to memorize more scriptures. So that during those times of trial and testing, they are there like a reservoir of God’s peace overflowing my worry or fear. If there is a particular struggle in your life, find a scripture that relates and memorize so God’s word it is with you always!
5 Lead Humbly
Jesus was the perfect example of humility for us especially on His way to the cross. I think sometimes exhibiting humility is seen as a weakness but I am learning it takes true strength to behave humbly. We don’t always have to be right or get the last word in. In Philippians 2:3-5(I need to memorize this!) it reads, “Do nothing from selfish or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves. Do not look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.”
I promised to share with you my new favorite “light” song. I heard this song a few years ago not too long after recommitting my life to Christ. It was like God was reminding me exactly what He wants from me. How I can shine bright for Him. The song is called “shine” by Salvador. A group based out of Austin, Texas.
Remember, wherever God has you at this point in your life; whether it is as a student, teacher, homemaker, provider or maybe a preacher. You are valuable to Him and He has us here on earth for a reason. His desire is for us is to represent Him as a testimony of God’s transforming power. So enjoy the song and shine bright my friend!