“Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.”–Phil. 2:14-18
Just about everyone realizes that something is seriously wrong with the world. It’s obvious that the world needs help. There is a lot of talk about what the world needs, but nothing is working. Things keek getting “worse and worse”. Only God has the answer– He is the answer! That’s the message the world needs to hear and we Christians are the messengers. And it’s not just what we declare, it’s also what we do. How we relate is crucial. We are to be salt and light.
This world is in spiritual darkness and urgent need of light. In vs. 14 Paul tells us what we ought to do. In vs. 15 he tells us what we ought to be and why. While much more could be said this is what was needed in the case of Paul’s letter. We need the same today. Our life is to be regulated by what God requires. That enables us to reflect the light of Christ to those in darkness. One bright light of godly behavior is often more effective than a sermon or song. When you work out what God put in others see the difference Christ can make, and that can make a difference in their lives. Never under estimate the power of your example. Tough times are the best times for an effective witness. The darker the night the brighter the light! “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16) –HDS
Lakeway Baptist Church
5801 FM 1960 E
Humble, TX. 77346