Living each day as a Christian is not as easy as it may seem. To live like Christ, you have some very big shoes to fill, but it is something so powerful and life-altering. It is well worth the changes you make to your life so you can light the way and live as God intended.
Living as a Christian, not just Sundays is something that not only affects your relationship with God but it can directly influence others. It can encourage others to seek Him because of the wonderful changes they have seen through your relationship with Him!
Being a true living example, as a Christian will inspire more people to seek the Lord than anything you could say. Let us not love with words or speech but with action and in Truth!. In Matthew 5:14-16 it states,“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
So how can we be that light on the hill and glow brightly for the world to see other than on Sunday mornings? I have listed 7 main things we can all focus on to be that light that will carry on throughout the week!
7 Ways to be a Light Outside of Church
1. Be a Leader In Your Community
People will take notice when you decide to live your life in a Christian-focused manner. You will stand out without actually drawing attention to yourselves. This is because when people in your community see your attitude, your outlook on life and an overall change in you, they will want to know what has happened to cause such an inspiring change within you. This is where you can open up to others and be a leader in your community in your Christian faith.
This can mean helping those when there is a need or stepping up at your local church. If you are not sure where to start, begin by asking your church leaders if there is an area that is in need of support.
2.Remember God Is Guiding And Watching Us
If we strive to be more Christ-like and remember that God is guiding us and watching us, it changes our motives. It can have an impact on how we react to certain situations. Again, this is so important because how we portray ourselves to others should directly reflect our relationship with the Lord.
3. Helping One Another
We live in a small community, so when anyone is volunteering or helping one another, it gets noticed by many. This may influence others to want to help out as well. By doing this, we can open a whole new door for others to be introduced to Jesus just by simply volunteering alongside them. This is also something that is expressed many times in the Bible, helping others is something that is deeply rooted in us. When you help someone you are being a blessing to them and to God.
4. Share Your Testimony With Others
This is one of the most personal ways to share the love of Jesus. I have seen people come to Jesus because of it! It changed my life when my now husband, shared with me his testimony over a year ago. I wanted to know exactly why his life dramatically changed. My interest was simply because I wanted that same change. I wanted exactly what he had and the day I decided to give it up to God, is the day my life changed forever. Testimonies are so powerful especially when you know that individual. Don’t hesitate to share your journey with someone when the timing is right, that maybe the day their life is given a spark of interest that sets their spiritual journey in motion. If you would like to share your testimony and have it featured as our Testimony of the Month, click here!
5. Listen To What God Is Calling You To Do and Do It!
Before we decided to dive into our ministry, we both felt I should quit my job to put everything we have into it. Many people had mixed responses to me leaving my job. Yet, even if it wasn’t something they agreed with, it definitely left a statement. I was leaving my 8-5 job to give it up to God. That in itself was empowering and it has drawn attention to those who don’t know Jesus. So if you feel you are being called to serve God, don’t hesitate! It will have a positive impact on your life and to others who are watching you stand tall in your faith.
6. Memorizing Scripture
My husband is a super talented man. He seems to amaze me every day, but one of the most impressive things I have discovered about him is his ability to memorize scripture. When I say memorize scripture, I mean like the whole Book of John. For those of you who are not familiar with the Book of John, it is 21 chapters long, with 879 verses that include 15,635 words!! That may be an impossible amount of words to memorize to someone, but for those of you who know the power of God, it’s not!
This is something that will not only impress someone but also will give them the opportunity to ask how you did it. I did ask my husband just recently how he was able to memorize the entire book of John. He said he felt he hasn’t memorized it but, that “God had written the words from the Book of John on his heart.” Truly amazing! What a great testimony to share with others as well! If you are interested in this topic of memorizing scripture, check out Nick’s article “Why I Started Memorizing Scripture”.
7. Filling Your Spare Time With Things That Glorify God
God wants us to live happy and fulfilling lives. He wants us to be submerged in interests we love and surrounded by others. We should be doing all things to glorify His holy name. Like writing, reading and drawing, taking local classes, or even regularly volunteering at an organization that interests you. This will improve your overall quality of life and your relationship with God! To God be the glory and the power forever and ever amen!
So be the light on the hill that stands out for everyone to see! Continue showing your love for Jesus Monday through Saturday and let Sunday be a day of recharging your faith, not just building it!!