Being a Light in a World of Darkness - Kaitlyn O’Connor
John 9:5 says, “ As long as i am in the world, I am the light of the world”. In a world full of darkness the light of Christ can illuminate. Constantly being surrounded by an abundance of non-believers should motivate us to be as Christlike as possible, therefore reflecting his light. Doing so will not only show significant faith and obedience to our Heavenly Father, but will captivate the attention of those who do not know the good news of the Gospel. Being a spiritual influence will bring glory and potential expansion to the Kingdom of God, but how do we go about our day reflecting his light? First we must understand what it means to be a spiritual influence. Influence is a form of leadership where you can become a vessel that God uses to help bring powerful and lasting change to people living without the Gospel. If we follow the commandments and reflect the attributes of Christ we can serve others as a spiritual influence.
I.PURSUE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH SCRIPTURE
We must be in constant communication with the Lord. By actively reading and pursuing scriptures you will be prepared to face daily trials with grace and patience, something that is especially hard for me to say the least. With the word of God on our hearts we are able to react to even the most annoying occurrences with grace, or we are at least reminded to. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)
II. KNOW THE ATTRIBUTES OF A CHRISTLIKE PERSON BE JESUS.
Just kidding. But not really, although we will NEVER be as perfect as Jesus was we should strive to be like him. We should love our brothers and sisters, show constant grace towards others, forgive ones who do us wrong, and have patience throughout it all. (Romans 12:1-2)
III. FOLLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit will lead you into new territory making it essential to take risks and explore new environments. God puts you in these new places so you can thrive and impact people you would of never came in contact with. It is necessary to follow these promptings to...
1. Grow In Community with fellow believers (1 Corinthians 12:13)
Expand the Kingdom (Luke 4:43)
Practice Witnessing ( Matthew 28:19-20)
IV. GROW YOUR COMMUNITY
God calls us to be in community, not isolation. In Acts 2:46-47 its says “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved”. With a community like Creek Student Ministry we have an amazing opportunity to bring our non-believer friends to Christ through Creek Games, Home Groups, or even just bringing them to church on Sunday.
We should all strive to be better spiritual influences everyday, because doing so is obedient to our Heavenly Father and impactful to the people we encounter throughout our life.
Daniel 12:2-3 -
“Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”