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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

Being a christian in it’s most simplistic form is to be a little Christ, to be Christ like, a person who exemplifies in his or her life the teachings of Christ.

To succeed in the CrossWalk you need to have a personal relationship with God. God made a way for us to commune with Him by giving up his only son to die for the sins that we have committed and will commit. Through the death, burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ the plan of redemption was brought out. Mankind as a whole separated from God because of one mans sin, were brought back into right standing by one man, the Son of God Jesus Christ. Because of this act of love we are able to come before a Holy God confident and bold, knowing who we are. God sees us through what he did on the cross, he sees us with no sin. In the gospel of Matthew chapter 7:7-11 says ‘Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you. For each one who asks receives; and he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, if his son asks a loaf, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks a fish, will he give him a snake? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father in Heaven give good things to those who ask Him?’ ask and it will be given to you, this is how we can pray to our Father in Heaven who generously gives us what we are in need of. In the book of James 1:5 says ‘But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and with no reproach, and it shall be given to him.’ If your not sure what to do in a situation, just stop and take the time to seek God on the matter, He will give you the solution. You have to realize that when you accepted Jesus into your heart you were made to be a child of God. Just like what it says in the scripture of Matthew how much more would your heavenly father give. You see God is not some kind of far away angry God, He’s a loving God. Loving so much he gave his son up for you. If you keep some of this in mind when you pray, it will make you more confident and you will get more out of your prayer. You will have a more successful prayer life if you come to God knowing what he has done for you, and who he has made you.

When Jesus was crucified, we also were crucified with Him.

Galatians 2:20 ‘I have been crucified with Christ, and I live; yet no longer I, but Christ lives in me. And that life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith toward the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself on my behalf.’

Romans 6:6 ‘knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be destroyed, that from now on we should not serve sin.’

When Jesus Was crucified our sins was also Crucified, enabling us to be cleansed by the blood of Jesus. The crucifixion of Jesus is what made us to be able to come to a Holy God as a unholy man and commune with Him. But prayer isn’t just about asking for things, it’s also an act of worship and thanksgiving. All of us are fathers, or have fathers, or have someone in the life as a father figure can understand this. When a little child constantly comes up to you begging for something they want. The first couple times it’s cute, so you give in, you give them there Oreo and go on. But it’s a different story when the child only comes up to you only when it wants something. I don’t know about you but i would be more likely to give the child what it wants if he/she comes to me on a daily basis and says ” you know what? your pretty awesome, looking good have you been going to the gym?” I would give that kid the whole bag of cookies. Well that’s the same thing with God, you can’t expect to get anything out of your prayer if you only come to God when your in need, you have to have a day to day relationship with Him. So i challenge you to just take the time to just thank Him every once in awhile, thank Him for the cross. Thank Him for your salvation, your home, your friends, your family, etc. It’s not hard, and i promise you if you take time to thank Him and just Love on Him a bit you will have a successful prayer life.

Just Remember Your a Child of God no matter what you have heard all you life, it doesn’t matter what people think of you. It matters what God thinks of you, He sees you through what he did on the cross. You were crucified with Jesus and your sins were forgiven, enabling you to come before a holy God as a unholy man. You have right standing with God, you have to the ability to pray and seek out God. And remember don’t get to caught up in only asking for things, praise and thank Him for what He has done for you. So I urge you to Get into your Bible and See who you are in Christ and what your postion is as a heir of God. You can begin by reading the Pauline epistles. This would help you learn more about our standing with God, and how He sees us. I would suggest reading Romans then moving to Ephesians, Galatians, etc.

Having a personal relationship with God is essential to your CrossWalk