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How To Know It's Time To Shine

Have you ever heard someone say, “There’s just something about them”? People sometimes say this when they can’t quite put their finger on what it is that makes a person stand out from the crowd. I like when I hear it said about someone who’s a Christian. Because when we are led by the Holy Spirit and God’s love flows through us, there is something that just draws attention—something beautiful and unique. 

The Bible says that Christians are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. On the job, in the grocery store, and even among unsaved friends and family members, God’s people are there to bring seasoning to an unsavory situation. 

We may need to ask ourselves: What are we showing the world? What is it that keeps us “salty”? How do we, as Christians, keep our lights shining in the darkness around us? Aside from the cross necklaces and bumper stickers, what sets us apart in the world?

I believe it’s holiness. And when I say that, I don’t mean religion. I’m not talking about a list of do’s and don’ts or going to church on Sunday mornings just to do your Christian duty one day a week. Religious legalism only gives us rules to follow but no real help to follow them! 

When I say holiness, I’m talking about behavior that’s borne out of a personal, intimate relationship with God. I’m talking about a place of consecration that causes us to be obedient to the Holy Spirit in our everyday lives...something that makes us walk in love toward others, looking for ways to be a blessing to them. I’m talking about what makes us authentically, uniquely, and innately good, holy…real! 

It’s about being, rather than doing. That’s the something the world needs to see in us. It’s not up to us to preach to everyone around us, telling them everything that’s wrong with them. We are simply to be light in the darkness around us so they can find their way to Jesus.

This pursuit is a process by which we are broken and humbled. We learn how to cooperate with God in this work. We learn to lay down our pride and selfishness. We learn to forget ourselves, and in obedience to the Holy Spirit, live to be a blessing to others. We go from, “What about me?” to “How can I help you?”

Don’t worry if you feel like you haven’t “arrived.” The fact that you are dissatisfied with where you are or that you’re seeking to be a better person means you are making progress. God didn’t promise the process would be fast… easy…or feel good all the time. Just be thankful for His love and grace while He works.

Now, at any point in the process, we can always be a blessing. I like to say we should bloom where we are planted. We can be good to people anytime. We just need to be real…to share our struggles as well as our victories. 

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