Philippians 2:14-16 (NASB) 14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing; 15 so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.
Are we supposed to be a mere storehouse of faith where we have Jesus in our heart and patiently waiting our turn for eternity with our Lord? Is our faith for our own life or those around us? Paul challenges us to not have a narcissistic outlook about life and only worrying about me but about those around me. Paul challenges us to live in such a manner that our life is like a lighthouse. The unusual thing about lighthouses is that they shine in fair weather as well as stormy and during the daytime as well as at night. They never stop shining their light. Jesus instructed us in this manner in Matthew 5: 14-16 (NASB) 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Paul tells us that we are supposed to be a light to the world so that my life will be always ready to meet my Lord and not turned away (v16). Jesus more pointedly tells me that I am a light to the world so that the world may see the working of God in my life so that they will be led to His loving hand and glorify is wonderful name. Be a beacon of light to embolden your faith for yourself but also for every person you come into contact. I challenge you to be bold, be courageous, be empowered to stand up for Jesus and tell the world about His wonderful love. There is no doubt that this world needs to see God’s wonderful love in my life as well as yours.