Posted by: Joe Palmer | July 11, 2010

How to be a Light in a World of Darkness

How to be a Light in a World of Darkness

By Joe Palmer

How Do we in Kingdom of God relate to the world?  Sometimes it can be frustrating.  Sometimes we can feel like that it is our duty to make people understand.  Sometimes we get loud, argue, and sound less than Christ like in our attitude.

Look at what Peter said to the disciples living in a pagan world. “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.” I Peter 2:12  Live the right life Peter said. Jesus said, In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16  Now that doesn’t mean I can just be a good example, but it does mean I should first be a good example.

What if you have non-Christian family? Peter gave this advice to wives married to non believing husbands. “Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.” I Peter 3:1,2   Won without words, what an incredible thought? I have never seen an unfaithful Christian convert a relative. I have heard many stories of husbands or family members who get up one morning and say, “I’m going to church with you today.”   Did they need the truth to convert them? Yes.  But they also needed a faithful witness in the life of their family member.

Can we discredit our witness by our words? Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life-in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. Philippians 2:14 – 16  Note that he say there are two things that discredit our Christian life by keeping us from being blameless and pure:

  1. Complaining
  2. Arguing

You can’t win an argument.  Even when you win, you lose.  I have never won a friend to Christ when I let the discussion escalate into anything that would even resemble an argument.  We need to speak the truth in love.

When we complain we ruin our Christian witness.  The Israelites were condemned for their murmuring and complaining against Moses. Ask yourself, “Would I want to become a Christian, if all I ever heard my friends do is complain about their life, the church, and their Christian friends?”  So what do your friends hear from you? James tells the hardest thing to control is our tongue.  We all need to repent of the bitter words that we sometimes say.

We can be a witness to the world when our life, our words, and the Gospel intersects with the world around us in a way that truly upholds the transforming power of God’s word in our life, giving hope the world that their life can changed too.

Joe Palmer


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