“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 ESV
Whether you’re excited about it or dreading it, it’s that time of year again. Notebooks, pencils and backpacks are taking over every store we go to. It’s time to go “back to school.”
As we are filling our backpacks with our books, pencils and erasers, do we take the time to stop and think about how we’re going to live and act this school year? Do we think about our friends and how we’re going to show them Christ?
In Matthew 5, Jesus is preaching to the crowds from up on a mountain. He gives these people the example of a city up on a hill, and explains how everyone can see that city. He also gives the example of a person lighting a lamp and putting it on a table to give light to the whole house.
This is exactly how Jesus says we need to be to this world. The world we live in is full of darkness and sin. Jesus commands us to be the light. We must radiate Christ’s love to others, so they will give glory to God in heaven.
But how do we go about shining the light? I have come up with 3 biblical ways to shine Christ’s light.
- Talk about Jesus. Don’t be afraid of sharing your faith with others! If you are embarrassed or ashamed of the Gospel, please remember Romans 1:16. Live without fear or shame, because the power of God is a saving power!
- Live as an example. I don’t think we realize how big of an influence we can be on a person by just choosing to live like Jesus. Your friends are watching you, and when you choose to glorify God and not do what’s popular, they see that, and it can impact them.
- Smile. Next week, the weekly Project Virtue post is going to be about positivity, but I will go ahead and tell you: the power of a smile can make a huge difference in a person. Instead of choosing a negative outlook on life, be positive. Think about the joy Jesus gives us by his love, and live with that joy.
I pray that these three tips will help you live like Jesus and shine his light this school year. Jesus never leaves us, and he sees all. We must remember that, and live in a pleasing way.