Friday, December 3, 2010

Feminine Friday!



Hello Ladies!

Welcome to our second post of "Feminine Friday"!  Life has been so bust around here that we've missed the last few Fridays--sorry!  :)

In light of yesterday's post about being a Shining Light.  We decided to share an article with you by our second sister, Bethany from our magazine.  We hope you will be encouraged through it to be a light as unto the Lord!
A few years ago my Father, brother, sister, and I were “remodeling” a trailer.  Actually, we were making this trailer into a chicken coop, so it was really not getting any nicer than what it already was like!  Anyway, I remember that this particular night, we had been working very late and it was very cold outside.  But we were not cold if we were inside the trailer!  You see, we had a heat lamp in there that made the indoors nice and warm.  In fact, it was so warm that I didn’t want to leave that trailer to go and get another tool!  But as I recall I did have to run some sort of errand with my sister, Eden.  So as we hurried back through that dark and chilly night we saw the trailer with the light aglow in the windows.  We were drawn to that light.  It was a symbol of warmth and illumination.  And when we finally stepped inside, our cold fingers were forgotten and we didn’t have to worry about tripping over something in the dark!

So, join me today, as we discuss how to be a light for the Light of the World!

Let’s jump in by first looking at some scriptures about our commands from our heavenly Father to be lights, then we’ll look at why this is important, and lastly, let’s examine the dangers that we can fall into if we become prideful.

Where in the Bible are we commanded to be lights?  In Matthew 5:14a, we see a wonderful command that is meant for all of us to obey.  It is so clear; there is no way to argue it!  Ye are the light of the world.  Also, in Ephesians 5:8 we see this verse: “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:” So, we have a command from our Lord and we are to obey.  But why are we called to be

lights?  To answer this, let’s move on to our next point.

Why is this important?  Why are we called to be lights?  Not only are we called to be lights, but we are also called to be salt as well.  What does that mean? 

These are all great questions.  But what’s even more exciting is the answers to these questions!  And many times I have found myself pondering these same questions and being delighted at their answers.  So let’s not hesitate a moment, but move onto the first question.

Why is this important?  Or in other words, why does it matter that we are lights?  Well, do you remember the story about us fixing the trailer?  The light in the trailer drew us to itself.  We were stumbling in the darkness until we jumped back into the trailer and into the shining light.  Well, this is just like what happened to us before we were born again.  We were stumbling in the darkness of our sin.  We had no way to tell where we were going.  But when we saw Jesus, the Light of the World, we were drawn to Him, we became saved, transformed, and became as lights.  John 8:12, “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.  

Why are we to be called lights?  We are to be lights so that when people see us, they will be drawn to us and will be able to see Jesus through us.  Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  Before we move on to the next question, there’s one quick thing I want to bring up here and that is this: if we are lights that are shining brightly, we will not only attract non-Christians, but we will draw Christians to Jesus as well.  Many times I have seen young Christian girls (even some who I had just met) come to me like I was a magnet.  They are drawn to me because I have Jesus as the Light of my life.  And I can use this as way to help them grow and help brighten them for Jesus.

Not only are we called to be lights, but we are also called to be salt as well.  What does that mean?  Matthew 5:13a, “Ye are the salt of the earth:” May I ask, what do you reach for every time you eat scrambled eggs?!  Salt!  But what happens when you’re done?  You get thirsty.  Salt makes us thirsty.  It makes us crave for water.  We need to be “salty” so that every time someone else is with us, they become thirsty.  Thirsty for what?  Thirsty for living water, Jesus Himself, the Water of Life.  Revelation 22:17, “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” When people are with you, do they get thirsty for living water?  If not, you are not salty enough.  Luke 14:34, “Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?”

BEWARE!!!

Beware if you fall into the dangers of pride!  We can look like Christians who are full of light, but on the inside we think it is because of ourselves.  We can, too easily, become self-righteous and prideful.  Suddenly, Jesus is not the light, instead, we are.  It’s because of our “gooder than good” selves that we are righteous.  We may think, “Ugh!  Just look at­­ so-and-so!  I can’t believe she does that!  What kind of a Christian does she think she is?”  But what do we have to boast about?! 

We are rotten sinners as well.  And if we are saying things like that, we’re just being whitewashed sepulchers.  On the outside we look clean, bright, and pure, but on the inside, we are filled with decaying, stinky, and rotting dead men’s bones.  So much to being prideful now, right?!  No, we must realize that we are not the ones who are the “good people”.  There is no “good person”.  We’ve all sinned and trespassed the law of God.  And it’s only because of Him that we are saved!  Our own good works are as filthy rags.  Isaiah 64:6a, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;” No, my friends, we have nothing to brag about.  We are helpless.  We must rest on God for strength.

So, as I conclude this article, I would like to encourage you to be a light.  Remember, the last part of Matthew 5:13 says, “A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.”  We want to be so bright that a person who is just walking down the road will be blinded by our light for Jesus.  Shine!  Illuminate this dark world with the love of Christ!

Originally printed in Virtuous Women Magazine Volume 6, Issue 1
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