I don’t want to convince you of anything. I just want to live a life that reflects what I want to convince you of. I always love messing with people by making statements like this. My favorite response has been that I just called myself a liar.
“You are like that illuminating light. Let your light shine everywhere you go, that you may illumine creation, so men and women everywhere may see your good actions, may see creation at its fullest, may see your devotion to Me, and may turn and praise your Father in heaven because of it.” – Matthew 5:16
Actually, I have been thinking a lot lately about a recent conversation I was a part of where it was discussed the difference between my generation and that of the coming generation in regards to convincing people of what we believe.
The statement was that in our generation we had a sense of needing to convince others of what we believe where as the upcoming one has more of a sense of simply just being what they believe.
I like this. This gives me hope.
Frankly, I am tired of trying to convince others of what it is that I believe. And probably more to the truth, it can be a lot more tiring just living up to that which we are seeking to convince others to believe if left to our own abilities.
Man do we sure try hard to be heard. It seems like if we would just live it and let God shine through it, it will be a lot more easier to be seen. Light always finds away. No darkness can hold it back. Yet mere words, its just as easy to just stop listening.
But why do we try so hard to prove ourselves? Whatever happened to allowing oneself to be powered by the Holy Spirit and the Hand of God?
“So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.” – 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
I have written a lot lately about light and the casting of shadows that I find on my daily treks. In this and in life, I am beginning to realize the obvious. Light is light, it doesn’t need to try harder to shine brighter. It simply is.
For it is not the light in of itself that makes it appear all the more brighter but that of the world in which the light is cast which illuminates the density of such light. Yet I often think that with light, the rules are.. there are no rules. It simply does what it does. Light is life. He is life. He is the light.
Therefore I propose that..
“If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin.” – 1 John 1:6-7
I don’t want to convince you of anything. I just want to live a life that reflects what I want to convince you of.
It’s funny, too often, people will read this statement and think religion. They get hung up on the word convince. But what if all I wanted to convince you of was a relationship rather than religion in that God loves you and that you matter.. no matter what?
Light is light, it doesn’t need to try harder to shine brighter. It simply is.
So why do we?
To live a life of shining bright is to live a life of daily surrender to the One who is the light. I would then add that it is not a matter of trying harder to let our light to shine brighter that will cause us to do so. But rather the more we surrender to God who is the light, and draw closer to Him, the brighter His light will shine through us as we allow Him to shine in us.
“An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it.” – James A. Michener
It is not God who needs to try harder to shine brighter in us and through us, but rather us who needs to surrender and draw closer to Him that will cause His light to shine brighter in us and through us.
Hmm. Why do I try so hard? Perhaps if I need to try harder at anything it is to try harder at getting out of the way and letting the light simply do what light does… shine bright.
Perhaps to shine brighter one needs to simply surrender farther? Pondering.
But know this, His light remains bright.. regardless of what we do or don’t do. It’s just in this, will we let it(Him) shine through us?