No, this isn’t an article encouraging you to take up smoking or arson as a hobby, but something a bit more serious – and with better consequences as well!
There are so many people in this world who are living in the dark and who need to hear about Jesus, the light of the world. But how are they going to hear if no-one tells them? As it says in Romans 10:13-14,
“‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”
The same is true for many of the people around you. How can they believe in Jesus if they’ve never actually heard about him? There are many things you can do to help them hear about Jesus and (hopefully) believe in him. After all, isn’t that what you should want for them?
So, why not invite someone to church or a growth group? If you’re at school, ask people to come with you to KAPOW or youth group or your school Christian group? See if they’d like to read the Bible with you? Share a favourite Christian song with them? Point them towards a helpful Christian website? Or simply share what you know about Jesus with them…? (and don’t forget to surround all of these things with prayer).
Doing these things won’t guarantee that they will instantly say yes and come along, hear about Jesus and choose to follow him, but if you are someone who does follow Jesus then it’s part of who you are. Remember what he said in Matthew 5:14-16?
“You are the light of the world…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
This is both a great encouragement (to be likened to Jesus, the light of the world) and a great challenge. Lights are meant to be seen; to guide and make the way clear; to warn of danger; to attract attention and dispel the darkness. We are to be the same. How have you been going at shining like a light in the world this year?
The story is told of a little girl who went to the beach and saw a starfish stranded on the shore. Carefully, she picked it up and went and placed it back in the water. Her big brother saw what she had done and mocked her – “What a waste of time! What was the point? There are millions of other starfish in the world”. “Well,” said his sister, “it sure made a difference to that one…”
We follow a saviour who loved us when we were stranded in our sin and brought us out of darkness into the light. He’s made a difference to us – how might he use us to make a difference to others and light up the world?