Identity – Being the light of the world

Posted: December 6, 2011 in The Church

Where is your identity found? A sport? A person? A Family name? In Christ?

When someone looks at you do they see Christ?  Or do they see a person who sometimes goes to church or youth group, or maybe… just maybe reads their bible from time to time?

“You are the light of the world. A city in 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. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16

Identity – n – The collective aspect of the set of characteristics by which a thing is definitively recognizable or known.

The bible tells us that we are the light of the world and that we are to let our light shine before everyone.  Now what exactly does walking in the light look like?

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”

– 1 John 1:5-7

John makes it clear that in order to walk with God and have fellowship with him, we must not allow the darkness (sin) to rule over our lives.  That means for all of us out there, whatever it is that you struggle with (jealousy, lust, anger, being judgmental, etc…) we’ve got to put things in our lives to prevent our sin.

When we walk in the light and with God, NOTHING can stop us.  Toby Mac once told me that, “If God gives you a vision for something, he will provide the people and the resources around you for that to succeed.”

Be encouraged as you go about your day today that God has given you a bright light!  That you matter and that we all have to let our lights shine where there is darkness!

Playing for Him, Matt


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