“Burning brighter like a fire in the sky, just for your glory, oh how I want my life to shine I want to lift you high”
Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to the Faith Filled Friends for another week. It’s great to be back again to share another devotion with you all! I wanted to talk about Living out our faith today and being a light, and there are a lot of songs which talk about this. Just to name two, ‘Live It Out’ by Jordan Feliz and ‘Torch’ by Everfound which I am covering today. It is really important as Christians that we live out our faith and seek to be a light in the world. Even today, I had a great opportunity to talk about my faith at uni to a guy who was reading the Koran. I took the opportunity to ask him if he had ever read the bible, and we had a really great chat. He seemed really interested and I was thankful to God for the opportunity. May we look for opportunities to ‘shine’ our faith everyday.
Matthew 5:14-16 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 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 the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
As followers of Jesus, we should be a light to the world around us. This world we live in is full of evil and sin, but we have the opportunity to shine the light of Jesus through the way we live, sharing hope and the amazing news of the Gospel. We are on display for everyone to see. It can be so easy to blend in with the crowd and go along with what everyone else is doing. But when we live shining the light of Jesus, people will see the difference in our lives. They might not always ask us about it, but they will see there is something different in us.
When we live to shine our light, we are giving glory to God. We are pointing back to Him. We should give God glory, because it is through Him that we are different. His Holy Spirit continually changes us each day to become more like Him in what we do and say. It can be easy to go back to sinful desires, because that is what our flesh wants. But through the Holy Spirit, we are being transformed to be like Jesus. Because of this, we can shine His light and proclaim His glory each day. Whether it be at Uni, at home or even at church, we should always seek to live as a light to the world.
1 Peter 2:12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
May we live in such a way that people will see the difference in our lives and question why. The answer we give points right back to Jesus. We live as a light in this world because we know Jesus and He has saved us. May we give God the glory by living as His light in this world, so that those around us will see us as His people, among the darkness of this world.
Heavenly Father, I thank you for what you have done for us so that we can be a light for you on this earth. May we live such good lives that people will see the difference in us. I pray people will see that we live for you. May we honour you and give you the glory through the way we live our lives as a torch for you. Even though there is so much darkness in this world, I thank you for the privilege we have to shine your light. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Josh Clarke- The Faith Filled Friends