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We are called to be the light of the world, to show the love of God to all people. in Matthew 5:14-16 it says ‘You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill can’t be hidden. People don’t light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people in such a way that they will see your good actions and glorify your Father in heaven.’

We are not to hide the fact that we are a christian from the rest of the world. But you will have to forgive me, because I have done it, and I feel like a crap sack afterwards. I work in construction and there are a lot of rough guys that are in the trade that I am in. They don’t particularly care what you believe or  how they talk in front of you. Hiding the fact that you’re a christian is easy to do. It’s as simple as getting drawn in by people talking about the way someone is dressed, and you chime in with your own comment that doesn’t exactly promote that person. Some of you may disagree with me, but a true follower of Christ should stand up for that person or at least not say anything at all. Hiding your beliefs can also be done by hanging out with friends. What if someone wants to watch a movie that you know is rated R and has multiple screens that go against what you believe. It doesn’t seem like much, but what happens when you watch one movie. Well the next time a real nasty movie that shows sadistic serial killers raping and killing people comes out and they want to see it, what will you say? That you don’t think that you should see it? that you are a christian and you don’t think it’s right to watch it. It’s easy, I struggle with it to. But now I have myself in a place in my life where God is first. So when something comes up I look to see if this is right or wrong, will I make someone think badly of Christians. Will I cause people to stumble because I call myself a christian and I’m seen watching ungodly things. The fact of the matter is that we are all watched by someone, and if and when we slip up someone will see it. They will get a bad taste in their mouths about Christianity. Even though sometimes that can not be stopped, I don’t want to be a part of that if I can keep from it.

I’m endeavoring to be the light of the world as Jesus called me to be. I am going to hold my self accountable to what shows I watch and what I say around others. This is a major part of the CrossWalk, it’s an everyday decision to do the right thing. There will be days that you want to slip up and say something rude to the crazy guy trying to run you over with his power chair, but resist that.

So what kind of light have you been lately? My light use to look like someone put a dimmer on low then bust it out with a sling shot, but then I was corrected by a friend. He asked me “So how many people do you think you have caused to stumble because of your actions?” pretty face slapping isn’t it? I said what do you mean, how am I doing that? He said because you are calling yourself a christian but living like the devil. The next Sunday I actually went to church and gave my life to God. That was a few years ago now, but I still think about those words, it helps me keep in mind that it’s not just my eternity that I’m jeopardizing. I don’t want to get to heaven and realize that there are people in hell because they saw me act a certain way and they followed those action, then spent an eternity in hell. No, my lights not on dim. My light is shining brightly to all those who want to see.

You don’t have to be in the ministry to have your light turned on. If you’re a christian then you have a light, so let it shine. You don’t have to be flaky or weird about it, but if the opportunity arises take it. Tell someone your testimony, tell them how God saved you. If you’re not into that and your shy like I used to be, try just having a good attitude, having a positive out look on things, or have strong values. You don’t have to have open air tent meeting to let your light shine, just buy the person’s lunch behind you in the fast food line. Just tell them that they’re an important person and God loves them. That way you can do it anonymously and it shares the love of God.

So don’t hide that light of yours, go out and share the love of God through action. I challenge you to try to do at least one-act of love each week by giving to someone in need. Buying someones meal, or even just writing your boss a note that says i appreciate you and God loves you. Just do something generous for someone. Don’t put a limit on the ways you can share the love of God. You can post them on my twitter page @my_crosswalk.

Sharing the love of God is the CrossWalk