For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’” Acts 13:47
When we become Christians, we learn that since we have Christ in us we now carry His light and must radiate it to those around us by our good works. This shows those around us who Christ is in a tangible way. But, what responsibility does being ‘the light of the world’ carry? What does that charge truly hold?
For some this might mean displaying a positive, lively attitude at all times. For others, this might mean upholding the purest persona and never making a mistake that might break the vision of how they are perceived. But, we want to break that stereotype that only good people get into heaven and show our readers, that it is by Christ alone.
It’s very easy as followers of Christ to place the center of our focus on what we’re doing in Christ’s name instead of placing our focus directly on our relationship with Him. Read that again. We lose sight of the gospel when what we do is more important than the work that Christ has already done on the cross. When Jesus speaks to us about being the light of the world what He’s saying is that we are to display His love through our works.
At Caring For Miami, we serve our community on behalf of what the Lord has allowed us to do and what He has done in each of our hearts. As we read in Acts 13, Paul quotes the prophet Isaiah when he says, “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” Our works are not to display the goodness of ourselves, but ultimately the goodness of Christ. He made us to display His light, for His glory alone.