This Friday, July 20, Melanie and I celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary. We are truly blessed to have each other, and we cherish our life together and the family God has blessed us with. I am proud and excited to share the daily impact she makes in my life, to go on about my great love for her and her enduring love reciprocated back to me. There’s no hesitation in my voice, no dragging of my feet, no reluctance in my heart in telling everyone about how great it is to be married to such an amazing woman.
As much as our spouses love us and demonstrate their love for us, this love pales in comparison to the love Christ literally poured out of Himself for us on the cross. Yet, we so often hesitate to share the truth of this love with the people around us. Whether we falter due to shame, fear of rejection, or for any other reason; we must break this pattern.
I am not afraid of anyone else’s opinion of my love for Melanie, so why would I be afraid of anyone’s opinion of my love for Christ? Their acceptance or rejection of my belief in Him bares no weight on its truth or validity. But my reticence in sharing my beliefs may have a real impact on their eternity. We must quit holding back and and realize that God has placed us where we are to be a reflection of His light.

  • Matthew 5:14-15: You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

Jesus goes to say that we must let our light shine before others that they may be drawn to the Father and glorify Him. But where does this light come from, what is its source?

  • John 8:12: When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

Jesus is our source of light.  We must reflect Him to the world around us. Just like the joy and contentment I have in life are a reflection of the joy and contentment in my marriage; the peace, hope, grace, mercy, forgiveness, light, and love I receive through Christ must be reflected in my life as well. If they are not, I am guilty of covering up the light that only comes from Christ.
So, as you prepare to finish the rest of the week, consider the names of the people you committed to praying for and proclaiming the good news too. How can you reflect the Lord’s light in your interactions with them every day? How can you share Christ with them in a tangible way?
Pray the Lord gives you the boldness you need to go out and be His voice amongst everyone who walks in your circles. This Sunday, my sermon will be about why we must operate with a sense of urgency in doing just that. I look forward to seeing you there and hearing the testimonies of lives changed for eternity because you have let your light shine.
In His Service,
John McRae