Don’t you just hate it when you go to a youth retreat, or a church service, or a bible study, and they talk about
“sharing your faith”? I mean, sure, you’re going to pocket that information for your life a few years from now, but
how is that supposed to help you currently? You’re in school, you have a part time job, you’re living in your parent’s
house, etc… etc…. How could they possibly expect you to tell people about JESUS? Of course, it’s only temporary,
because once you’re settled somewhere, or don’t have school assignments all the time, then you’ll surely focus on
telling people what God has done for you.
Let’s hope you caught the sarcastic tone.
It’s understandable, that right now in your life, the idea of reaching out to someone to share your faith with is
scary and overwhelming, even daunting. You aren’t a pastor, you don’t see yourself going into ministry, and you’re
just trying to survive day to day.
But you’re not “just” a student. You’re not “just” a
part-time worker. You have an incredible gift and
an incredible duty to share with those around you
the hope you hold on to. Hebrews 10: 23 says, “Let
us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for
he who promised is faithful.” Note here that in this
verse “holding” and “professing” are inseparable. If
we are tightly holding onto the hope that we have
in Christ, we also have to be professing it.
Your story is important, and it’s important right
now. Let’s strip this down, so you can stop feeling
intimidated. This doesn’t mean you need to drop
out of school to go to a bible college or become a
missionary. What this looks like is being intentional
in your day-to-day actions and choices. It’s about
deeply caring for those around you and allowing
that to impact everything you do.
As a believer, you must remember that, “You are the
light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden”.
In the same manner, people cannot light a lamp and
put it under a basket, expecting the home to be illuminated by the light. 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: 14-16.
This verse from Matthew makes a few things pretty
clear. One is that we are directly called to shine the light
of Christ through our lives to others, so that God will
receive the glory. The other is that if we want to cover
that light, we have to actively snuff it out.
You don’t have to try to be someone else; you don’t
need to wait until you have a different life situation.
Right here, right now, all you need to do is ask God to
shine through you, to impact people by you, to help
you resist the urge to cover your light. Start being intentional about your life, right now. Start seeing each day
as a new opportunity to love someone, serve someone,
and be kind to a stranger, an enemy, or a friend. And
watch God change your life, one day at a time.