Summary: In order to make an impact for Christ, believers need to be out there serving the Lord with all our heart through the gifts, talents and skills He has given us.
All believers are meant to be the light of the world as Jesus has stated in Matthew 5:14. No matter where we may find ourselves and no matter what our status in life may be, we are called to make the best use of our time for Jesus using the skills, talents, resources and spiritual gifts given to us. We are to use them to impact the world for Christ and it begins from the community we live in, in fact, it starts from our homes, our inner circles.
Beloved, are we letting our light shine?
Are people seeing Christ in us and thanking God for us?
If yes, praise God for you and I will encourage you to keep on shining for Him, if unsure or you believe that you are, but still require more commitment and sincerity in the things of God like me, praise God as well, because it means that you are ready to allow the Lord to make you a vessel fit for His use in these last days. I personally want to be an effective vessel, a useful instrument in God's hands in these end times and if you are still reading this message, I believe you want to be as well.
Wherever the children of God are, the light of God must shine in their midst. We are to shine in the midst of the darkness around us. We must live a life that is pleasing to the Lord. The bible tells us in Ephesians 5:15-17 to be careful how we live, we are not living for ourselves but living for Christ, allowing Him to manifest in our lives through our actions and words. Verse 16 admonishes us to make the most of the time given to us, why? Because the days are evil and it’s going to continue to worsen until the Lord Jesus returns for His church. We live in a world that persecutes believers daily, a world that does not honor and reverence the Almighty God, a world that is ready to bring follows of Jesus Christ down to their knees, causing us to compromise who we are . The god of this world, satan is being revered and honored more than ever before in the times we live in, we see it everwhere where we go. The society we live in has little concern for moral or ethical integrity. They will do anything to satisfy the lusts of the flesh, their sinful desires and it’s unfortunate that many believers have fallen prey to satan's schemes every day.
In order for our light to shine for Christ, we must be ready to face opposition, persecution from the world as we strive to maintain our moral standards, our Christian beliefs and integrity. Jesus reminds us in John 15:18 that the world will hate us because of Him. We are to stand firm in Christ in the midst of opposition and never compromise who we are. Many no longer shine for Christ because they have allowed themselves to conform to the things of this ungodly world. Definitely, this Christian journey can be quite challenging if we want to be sincere with ourselves, but one of the main things that personally keeps me going is my testimony ; when I reflect on what the Lord has done in my life over the years and how He has kept and sustained me through the ups and downs, I am always strengthened and encouraged to keep running the race.
Beloved, we must also understand what our purpose on this earth is. Why am I here at this moment in time, in this generation? I know I am not here just to occupy space. What does God want me to do for Him? These are questions we must ask ourselves. Getting married, having children, obtaining a career, getting an education, having the fine things of life are all good but after you have achieved them all, then WHAT? The Lord couldn’t have created you just to acquire all these, this cannot be the reason you exist. There is a higher calling and that calling is do the work of the MASTER. whatever it may be. It must be our highest priority in life. Many people in the world have achieved success, wealth etc. but at the end of the day, they feel empty, no joy, no peace. They have no peace, because they do not have the PRINCE OF PEACE who should have been at the center of their lives. No matter the little or much we may have, the joy of the Lord should always be our strength and we should also experience His peace in our lives, even in the midst of the storms we might face. Sisters, friends, we have to ensure that our priorities are in order. The Bible even reminds us in Matthew 6:33 that we should seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness and all these things shall be added unto us.