Shine Transparently

“You are the light of the world. A town on a hill cannot be hidden.”

~Matthew 5:14

If we are the light of the world which cannot be hidden, then, what is it that people see when they look at us? I can tell you what they are supposed to see. When people look at a Christian they are to see Jesus in the flesh. They are to see an example of Christ on the Earth. We are the hands and feet of Jesus but what exactly was Jesus like?

candlelightHe was:
1. Slow to speak.
2. Slow to get angry.
3. Quick to listen.
4. Quick to forgive.
5. He comforted the hurting.
6. He healed the sick.
7. He cast out demons.
8. He delivered the captives who had been hurt from whatever hangup that had been weighing them down.

Jesus was not in some corner of the world hiding and waiting for the people to come to him. Jesus should not be placed in some corner, or in some box, that only a select few can have access to. Jesus got out there. He met the people right where they were. He met them in homes, marketplaces, fields, synagogues, and wells. He was and is no stranger to the community. He knew his community and they knew him. He drew great crowds who wanted to see this man from Nazareth.

Conversations were similar to this one:

“Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Nathaniel asked.

Phillip replied, “Come and See!”

That invitation is still for us today. “Can anything good come from [Insert Your City]?” And, others will reply “Come and See!” Just as Jesus is in this Earth so are we (1 John 4:17). We must become everything that He was and is if we want to draw all men, women, boys, and girls to him. Jesus wants a relationship with each and every one of us so that way he can give us the life and opportunity for which we were meant. He did not come to save just a few he came to seek and to save all which were lost (Luke 19:10) that no one should perish but everyone should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Jesus did not merely come to check out our existence. He came to us that we might have a way of escape from our troubles. It is in our transparency that Jesus may shine through us.

As always, Peace, Love, and Christ ’cause you know He died for you!

What is your opinion? What are some ways that we can be transparent to show the love of Jesus to a world that needs him most?

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