How to Glorify Jesus
Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12).He shines in the darkness (John 1:5). Empowered by the Spirit, He completed the work the Father gave Him to do (John 4:34). He told His followers that their light was to shine before the world so that others would see their good deeds and glorify their Father in heaven (Matthew 5:14–16). Your light shines when you perform the good deeds God gives you to do (Ephesians 2:10).
“You” and “your” in Matthew 5:14-16 are plural. Don’t think of Christians individually shining like fireflies on a summer night. Picture the northern lights with no obvious point source. Matthew describes a “group shine.”
The power supplier for your light is the Holy Spirit. His purpose is to glorify Jesus (John 16:14). He supplies the current for your light bulb. Each believer has unique gifts to contribute to increase the wattage of the group lighting project.
The volume of good deeds done and the measure of love among the members of the “village of light” determine the light’s brightness. The intensity of the light is dynamic. The faith and obedience of individual members affect the waxing and waning of its brilliance and the degree to which it shines like Jesus.
The individual lights keep changing. People die. Some move away. Some fall away. Some get weary of doing good. New believers join the congregation. Believers transfer to the church from other churches. Generation after generation the church must replace those who minister to others. New lights which just blinked on must change the way they think, talk and behave to glorify Jesus. They must be deployed in ministries that fit their divine designs or the group shine will diminish.
The key questions aren’t, “How many of us are there?” and “How much money do we have?” It’s “How bright is our light?” We shine brightest when we draw people to faith in Christ, disciple them in Jesus’ ways, and deploy them in the ministry for which God designed them, all in a loving atmosphere. #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources
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