“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” -Matthew 5:16
No one likes stepping outside of their comfort zone. Who enjoys the sweaty hands and nervous feeling that comes with it. Because it is such a hated thing, we often trick ourselves into thinking we are stepping out, when all we are really doing is digging deeper into our comfortable bubble of welcome familiarity.
One of the most common cases of this in the Christian life is in being a light for Jesus. This is one of the most important commands Jesus talked about in the Bible. He tells us in Matthew 5:14 that we are the light of the world. But sometimes we can become so comfortable living in our circle of Christian friends and Christian environments that we never get a chance to go out and be a light. The problem is, we don’t want to leave our comfort zone, so we trick ourselves into thinking we are being a light for Jesus when all we are doing is making excuses to stay in our bubble of comfort. Jesus did not only ask us to live in the light; He asked us to be the light. (Matt. 5:14)
Before I continue, I want to make one thing clear. I am not saying to never surround yourself with other Christian influences. In fact, that is necessary to be able to grow as a Christian. Church, Christian fellowship, and Christian friends are all essential in our walk with God. But if we spend all our time and effort among these things, how can we shine in the dark? Jesus spent time talking, eating, and praying with other believers. But He spent more time going into the world to help and share God with others. He understood the importance of not only letting iron sharpen iron (Proverbs 27:17) but also going out into the world to shine.
I heard a quote the other day that said, “I have but one candle of light to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light.” We have one life to live. We can either choose to stay in our comfort zone of light, or go out into the darkness to be the hands and feet of Christ. Going into the world to be a light for Jesus may mean stepping out of your comfort zone. But remember one thing: you are not alone. Jesus will go out with you, giving you the words to say and paths to take. (Deuteronomy 31:8) He does not want us to hide among the comfort of other believers but to go out and change the world with Him. And the only way to do that is to be the light. So let’s go out into the world and make a difference. Let’s never stop shining for Jesus until every tribe, nation, and tongue confess that He his Lord. (Philippians 2:10-11) Let’s be a light for Jesus.