I recently started a new job. In a little over one week of working there, this one guy I work with told me he was going to come check out my church. Now I didn’t even have to invite him, he just invited himself. This reminded me of a statement I heard from Apostle Ron Carpenter, Senior Pastor of Redemption World Outreach Center. He said “Lights don’t have lips.” If you want someone to come to your church in order that they might have their eternity altered, then you have to live it in front of them first. If you just talk like Jesus, listen like Jesus, walk like Jesus, act like Jesus, and be like Jesus, then you won’t have to ask them to come to your church they will want to see it for themselves. The crowds never had to be invited to see Jesus. They just showed up. In fact Jesus had to get in a boat, go up on a mountain, or even travel to another city in order to get away from the people but even then they still kept showing up. In John 12:32 Jesus said when He is lifted up, He will draw all men to Him. In other words if you just shine like Jesus, He will bring the people around you to Him. Paul tells us that our job is to plant seeds and water them, but God will bring the increase (See 1 Corinthians 3:6). So if you are faithful in your part, then God will do His part.
Jesus told us that we are the light of the world (See Matthew 5:14). Light expels the darkness. You should be so different at your job, school, neighborhood that you don’t even have to tell people about Jesus, they will just know. I had a neighbor one time start to come to my church, receive Jesus as Lord, and totally change his life just because he watched how my family acted toward each other, what we did, what we said. He saw something different in us and he wanted that for himself. St. Francis of Assisi said “Preach the gospel always, if necessary use words.” You are always being watched by someone. Most of the time you don’t even realize it. Someone is always taking notice that what you say lines up with what you do. If you let your light shine, you will be so compelling that you won’t have to say a word. They will just come to see what it is that you have that makes you act so different then everyone else around you.
Jesus goes on in Matthew 5:15-16 to say that a city on hill can’t be hid, that people don’t light a lamp and put it under a bowl but on a stand, and that we need to let our light shine so that others may see our good deeds and praise God. Jesus points out one specific reason why people aren’t drawn to Him and glorify God. We don’t let our lights shine. We are the only one that can prevent our light from shining. I remember singing the song “This Little Light of Mine” when I was growing up. The one line in the song says “Hide it under a bushel. No! I’m going to let it shine.” We tend to hide our light under the basket called “what we say doesn’t align with what we do.” Others see our actions and they conflict with what we say, thus people are confused and our light is kept hidden. We need to get out from underneath our baskets, let Jesus put us on a stand in order to show us off, then we will give light to everyone who comes in contact with us. If we do that, then people will be compelled to ask you questions about the difference in you, will invite themselves to church to see for themselves, and will be drawn to Jesus.
Are you preventing you light from shining? Do others see a difference in you? Let Jesus put you on display so that the whole world will see the light.