What does God want for you part 3?
What does God want for you part 3?
Jesus has told us that we are to be the light of the world. What does that term mean to Christians today? It means that we should possess all of the attributes that Jesus possessed. So that we can be the example that he was when he was here on this earth. We see the moon reflecting light of the sun at night. That is a good example, the moon does not generate light but only reflects the light that the sun provides. In God’s word He uses light to illustrate righteousness and holiness. God also uses darkness to illustrate evil and sinfulness.
Jesus when he was here on this earth was the light to the world, the image of the invisible God, his father. Christians today should have those attributes of Jesus Christ displayed in their life on a daily basis, thus reflecting the attributes of our Savior.
It is a comfort to those who embrace our Lord that it is a divine commandment, to reflect the attributes of our Lord. Jesus Christ is the source of a refreshing fountain of strength, courage, and support, that supplies us with his attributes of life and attributes overflows blessings to those that we daily have contact. Jesus commands us to be the light of the world in: Matthew 5:14 (ESV) 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Paul tells us in 1st Corinthians: 1 Corinthians 11:1 (ESV) 1 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. Jesus also repeats this commandment in: John 8:12 (ESV) 12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”There are many other places in Scripture where we are commanded to be imitators of Christ.
In the blog that was posted on January 23, 2021 we talked about how you would react when faced with persecution. Would you have the faith to stand up for our Lord when faced with persecution, or would you denounce him? In the blog that was posted on January 30, 2021 we talked about how you had a need to trust in God and depend upon him when you were faced with persecution and difficulties in this life. And we close with the passage from Romans 8:26-28.
When we imitate our Lord and Savior, we become leaders, as we strive to lead those who are not following Christ. With our actions we lead them to Christ. So, the big question to ask is: how can we have faith in God, and trust and depend upon him in such a divided culture that we live in?
If we were the owners or running a business, we would want to make every customer feel important. After all our success in this business depends upon those we serve. As we view those that come into our business each one has a story to tell, some are experiencing devastating circumstances in your life at this very time while others are experiencing great times such as the marriage of their daughter. We need to be aware of this type of circumstances when we encounter people on a daily basis. If we’re not aware of their circumstances we will not be able to lead them to Christ. We will not be able to influence them if we don’t connect with them.
CS Lewis stated: “Of course, when someone points this out to us the hope is often that this fact would drive us toward our neighbors that it would help us to see them with affection, that it would motivate us to treat them gently and ultimately, that it would cause us to love them. Actually, remembering that is difficult at times. Indeed, there may be few societies where it is more difficult than our own.”
I think we can break this down into one major question. What is the appropriate relationship between personal conviction and day-to-day interactions with those who hold different beliefs? It is certainly not the “cancel culture” that we are experiencing in our society today. If we reflect the attributes and the characteristics of our Lord and Savior, the example that he has left for us this would definitely be the correct response. In many cases it would be very difficult when someone has denigrated your actions or words. However, if you look at the example that Christ left for us and how he went to the cross without complaining, freely, willingly, he put our needs for salvation above his own needs of comfort, and went through the cruel death of crucifixion for us so that we have an opportunity for salvation and life eternal.
We must be very careful, and I would remind you of what Jesus said to the church at Laodicea. Revelation 3:15–16 (ESV) 15 “ ‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. We must never be lukewarm in our faith, or our trust and dependence upon God, or our relationship with those we come in contact with. The church at Laodicea was lukewarm the Lord spit them out of his mouth.