Shine So Bright – Letters in Red

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As Christians, we often think about how others perceive us out in the world. It’s wise to be mindful of our behavior and interactions because it’s a reflection of Christ’s light and love to others. But we can’t forget about the eyes inside of our walls. During the weekend message, Pastor Calvin Sweeney shared that we need to start letting our light shine in our homes because our children and our family are dependent upon the light that we illuminate.

Matthew 5:15
“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 addition to Calvin’s words and the above verse, I’m reminded of a spoken word that I shared in another LIO post. The speaker, Jason Emmanuel Petty, better known by his stage name “Propaganda”, said, “We should consider our influence because the little ones want to be us.” (Well, they want to be us until they don’t.) In other words, our behavior carries much weight, and our words always matter. How can we expect our families to believe the brightness we portray to others if we continuously dim their view of us with our words and behavior at home?

For example, during quarantine last spring, everyone’s faith was put to the test. My wife and I had to decide if we could walk our outside talk inside our home for our family. So we didn’t increase our drinking or ignore each other. Instead, we put in the work to improve our children’s faith. They looked forward to our daily family devotionals and our praise and worship times. They can look back to last year and know that our Christianity goes beyond the weekend message.

So be that shining light of Christ both within your family and out in the world, or you may miss a chance to brighten the day of someone in need.

Matthew 5:16 NIV          
“In the same way, let your light shine before others …”

When a person is stuck in a season of darkness, they must see the light in others. Don’t hide your light and expect them to find you. How selfish of us to choose who sees such love. Doesn’t everyone matter equally? Perhaps we should look at the verse in a different translation.

Matthew 5:16a KJV (emphasis added)
“Let your light SO shine before men …”

By definition, “so” means “to such a great extent.” Think about the way a lighthouse brings in the navigator from the dark. It’s a beacon, so prominent, serving to guide one forward to safety. Let your light SO shine. Share your light with the world by example and through testimony—something so powerful as to bring us from death to life.

Questions:
Do you live the same life inside and out? Do you live with the understanding that sharing your Christian walk, or showing a bit of grace each day, can change the trajectory of someone’s life?

Next Steps:
Reach out to a neighbor to see if you can help them in any way. Don’t be afraid to tell someone that you pray for them. Invite a stranger to church. Tell friends and family how being involved in a Group has helped with your spiritual growth.

Prayer:
Father God, I’m sorry for the times I fall short in sharing my light with my family and with others. I know there is more I can do. Thank you for  loving me and for placing others in my life who shine so bright. May I continue to show grace to others and grow in my spiritual leadership as my introverted nature blossoms outward through faith and community with others. Amen.


This post was written by Jaron Camp, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.


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2 replies
  1. Val
    Val says:

    Thank you for this. I’m walking that fine line of “how can the people I love not clearly see the truth of God’s existence and the proof of his love just by looking at what he has done in my life” and “I know it’s not all about me- there’s stuff going on in their hearts, too”; that doesn’t get me off the hook, though. Time to go shine some more!

  2. Luke Shortridge
    Luke Shortridge says:

    Thanks Jaron! Never thought about being a lighthouse but I think the analogy fits. Funny… we named our daughter Atalaya which means “The Lighthouse” in Spanish! Totally unintentional but cool!

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