Matthew 5:16 says “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” I love this verse and its simplicity as it clearly lays out our purpose to be bringers of light, and ultimately bringers of the Kingdom. We are called to bring light and where will that light be most effective? In the dark.
I know it’s great being surrounded by other like-minded people, who encourage you in your walk with Jesus and draw you closer to Him. Dont get me wrong you should definitely find people like that to journey with but please avoid the christian bubble life. Yes, we can use our light there but sometimes we need to step out of that comfort zone.
It can be hard, living a life contrary to the way your friends are living, having fun with them but knowing that you live to please God, not them. Trust me, living a life which honours God will not go unnoticed, your friends will see the Holy Spirit working within you even if they don’t know that’s what it is. Living a life of integrity is so worth it.
However, although we are called to be lights in the darkness, in that darkness we can never forget we are there as lights who follow the true light of our Heavenly Father. A friend of mine said to me recently, “never trick yourself into thinking you are witnessing to you friends when really you are just doing exactly what they are doing.” This really struck a chord! Its so easy to think that by simply being a christian and being with our non-christian friends we are bringing light to a dark situation-however this only happens when we are truly living set apart for Him.
Romans 12:1 always comes back to me in times like this, and the Message version puts it perfectly saying ” Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” It’s easy to feel down and tired of living against the grain but here we see why, that this is our calling, to be set apart for His glory.