Sometimes as Christians we act like a light with a dimmer switch. We shine bright when it feels comfortable or convenient, maybe based on the mood we want to set or what people might think about us. But, if we want people to truly see the Light of Jesus in us, that light needs to penetrate the darkness, consistently shining fully. So, the question we must ask ourselves is, “How bright is our light?”
3 Ways to Let Our Light Shine Bright
Our light shines brightest under the following conditions:
1) We must make sure Jesus is our Light Source.
Being a light in the world isn’t something we’re trying to self-generate. Jesus called His followers “the light of the world” (Matt. 5:14-16), the same terminology He used of Himself. When we put our trust in Jesus, we no longer walk in darkness but “will have the light of life” (Jn. 8:12). He gives us His light. — “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” (Eph. 5:8) — We cannot generate the kind of intensity of light that truly reflects all goodness, righteousness, and truth” (Eph. 5:9). We just don’t have it in us (Rom. 3:10-24).
2) We must experience His light in the core of our being so it radiates out.
It’s not just about “doing” good deeds but rather those which flow from a heart filled with light (2 Cor. 4:6). When our own hearts are warmed by the light of God’s love and grace, we can rise above the embittered, antagonistic, discontent in this world. That’s when our light has the potential to truly attract people. — “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart …” (Lk. 6:45)
3) We must let the fullness of who He is shine through us.
When we focus on primarily one aspect of the Lord, it’s like we’re only shining a small ray of light. Jesus came full of both grace and truth (Jn. 1:14). He is a loving God but He is also holy and righteous. To be sure, some will hate the Light in us (Jn. 3:19-20) when the full brilliance of who He is shines through. But, since it is His light in us, they’re offending our Lord, not us. Let’s keep perspective.
When we reflect the Lord from the core of our being in the fullness of who He is, we are letting our light, which is really His light, shine brightly. We might call it lifestyle evangelism which then backs up what we say when we have opportunity to verbally share the Gospel.