The holidays are a special time for family, friends, and faith. The faith part can be difficult when you share the family table with unbelievers, but it doesn’t have to be. God calls us to love (John 15:12-13). God is love (1 John 4:8) and we are made in his image (Genesis 1:27). We are to walk as Jesus walked (1 John 2:6) and Jesus is one with God (John 1:18).
Are you excited yet? Do you understand what that means?
We have a blueprint for ministering to the lost and broken. It is the Bible. This means we don’t have to guess how we should interact with those who do not share our faith. Jesus has already shown us.
We’re to be salt (Matthew 5:13). Think positive. That’s the kind of influence we are called to have on the world. We are to unbelievers what salt is to food. What’s true of any seasoning is true of us. If a seasoning has no flavor, it has no value, appeal, or effect. We must make every effort to live pure lives and witness to the world–to cause other to desire to know God’s Son.
We’re to be light (Matthew 5:14). Can you hide a city that’s lit up and sitting on top of a hill? Of course, not. Its lights can be seen for miles as a beacon to the lost or those needing a safe place. Likewise we’re to shine with the reflection of Christ, a radiance that emanates from the presence of Christ within our hearts. If we live for Christ, we’ll shine brightly and show the way to Him. God desires that we be beacons of truth in a dark and needy world.
We’re to make a difference (John 17:6-18). In His payer before going to the cross, Jesus asked our heavenly Father to give us protection as He left us in the world and sent us into the world. Christ wants us to make a difference in the world where we live.
We are Jesus’ ambassadors to the world. We are His witnesses to the ends of the earth. One of our jobs is to live a holy life and share the gospel of Christ so that others will know of Him. One of God’s jobs is to enable and protect us while we live righteously and share the truth with unbelievers. Our greatest challenge, then, is to live in the world and not be influenced by it.
Christ is no longer physically present on earth, but you reflect Him—His light— to those in darkness as you bear the fruit of goodness, righteousness, and truthfulness. You are blessed as a child of God! God says, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).
God, I want to follow You. I want to be a true reflection of you. I want to be a person who lives their life in You and for You. I know that I don't have it all together, but I will walk in the steps of the one who does. Thank you for giving us the example of Jesus and thank You for giving me Your strength so that I too become love. Amen.
In A Woman Who Reflects the Heart of Jesus, Elizabeth asks, "Where better can we learn about right character and conduct than Jesus Himself?"
There is much we can learn from this perfect life example: His generosity in caring for the needs of others, the abundance of His kindness and forgiveness even to His enemies, His persistence in watching over His own, and His willingness to give His all even though He had nothing.
What type of objections have you experienced when sharing the Gospel with other people? What answers do you find most useful to help overcome someone’s skepticism?
Your assignment from God is to pray, to keep on praying no matter what, and to trust God.