The past two weeks, we have gone into the importance of a personal relationship with God and we’ve talked about living a life of pursuing God while also living in relationship and community with other people. To finish out the Winter Break Survival Guide, we want to spend time in the truth that God has called us to show other people who He is.

In Matthew 5:16, Jesus says to “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who is in heaven”. Jesus loves us so much so that he longs for relationship with us in which we can talk with him and continue to learn about Him. He was even thoughtful enough to surround us with other people to encourage us and love us and remind of who we are in Him. It’s undeniable that we are loved by God, but that’s not the end of the story. That’s not the whole reason we are here. As followers of God, he has empowered us to impact others. We are his lights here on Earth. As we follow Him, we reflect him. 2 Corinthians 3:18 says “and we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the spirit”. All of the aspects of a relationship with God fit perfectly together. As we behold who He is and walk with him, we are transformed to look more like Him. When He is transforming us from the inside out, impacting others comes naturally.

a practical step

Today, spend some time reflecting on the love God has for you and what that means. Think about the ways he has shown you his goodness and mercy. How do these affect the way you behave and the way you treat people? How do you let your light shine before others? Are you letting your light shine before others?

pray

God, thank you for the unique and careful ways you make yourself known to me and to the world. Show me how I have been empowered to make an impact. Where I feel discouraged or unsure about making an impact, come and speak truth about how you have created me. Amen.

 

- Sarah T.