8th February 2017

Shine the Light of Christ

“Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the Light which is Life.
John 8:12 (AMPC)

The scripture above says we will have the Light, and in Matthew 5 Jesus calls us the light of the world in verse 14 and in verse 16 says to let our light shine so people will praise God when they see our good deeds. How do we let the ‘light’ of Christ shine in and through us?

  1. Stand out from the rest of society We are living in momentous times when there is a plethora of knowledge. Sometimes we can have information overload. Some good and some bad but it is up to us to choose the good from the evil by standing up to the example in living that Christ set. Remember his prayer for us in John 17. Read and focus on this.
  2. Do not be a Christian in name only Remember Christ’s sacrifice for us. He died so that we can enjoy the freedoms we now have. Let the cross of Christ be at the heart of what we do. Let this be our ‘mantra’ for the coming year.
  3. Show love towards others no matter who they are or where they’re from Phillipians 2:3-5 tells us to “Do nothing from factional motives (through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends) or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility, let each regard others as better than and superior to himself (thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves). Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not (merely) his own interests, but also each for the interests of others. Let this same attitude and purpose and (humble) mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: (Let Him be your example in humility:)”
  4. Remember, we are not alone. Jesus is there to help us. Let us focus on the promises of Jesus of which there are many in His word to assist us. For example in John 14:13 Jesus said “I will do (I Myself will grant) whatever you ask in My name (as representing all that I AM), so that the Father may be glorified and extolled in (through) the Son” and in verse 18 of the same chapter He says, “ I will not leave you as orphans (comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless); I will come (back) to you. One of the most encouraging scriptural promises I find is in Hebrews 13:5 where He, God Himself, has said “I will not in any way fail nor give you up nor leave you without support.” We can confidently say as in verse 6, “we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm (I will not fear or dread or be terrified). What can man do to me?”

Prayer
Father in Heaven, help us to stand up in our society, and show love towards all we come into contact with. Help us not to be a Christian in name only but with Jesus beside and in us, to let His light shine in and through us.
Amen

Study by Barbara Wilkinson

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About the Author:
Barbara Wilkinson is a member of the Camberwell Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, part of Grace Communion International, where she serves as a Deaconness.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Camberwell
The Salvation Army Hall
105 Lomond Grove
Camberwell
LONDON SE5 7HN

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11 am

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: barry_robinson@wcg.org.uk

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