Did you realize that you are an important part of God’s plan for the world? While reading a statement like that can be both humbling and terrifying, it’s actually a powerful component of your identity as a child of God. Before you fall into the trap of believing that you are not qualified to help change the world, ask God for the opportunity and the boldness that you need.
Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
“You are the light of the world-like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lam and then puts I under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly father.
Take a few moments and reread those verses while changing every “you” and “your” for “I” and “my.” Did you notice that there are no parts of those verses that say that you have to meet some sort of predetermined standard to be the light of the world? Instead, Jesus told His disciples (and in turn, told us) that we are that light. Make this your prayer today:
God, please help me to be a better source of light to a world that is blinded by darkness around me. I know that You have a purpose for my life, and part of that purpose is to spread the truth of Your Kingdom to every person that I come in contact with. First of all, please show me opportunities in which I can be the light that you need me to be. Help me to see these opportunities to spread Your glorious Gospel to those around me who may not be in a relationship with You. Secondly, help me to move past my own hesitancy and reservations, and give me the boldness that I need to spread that light. I know that you will open the doors that are necessary for me to be the light that you have called me to be, but I need the boldness necessary to walk through them. Finally, help to silence the voice of the enemy when he tries to tell me that I’m not good enough or that I’m not prepared to spread the goodness of Your Gospel and Your love to those around me. I ask all of this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Take this time to thank God for the fact that He wants you to be an active participant in the expansion of His Kingdom. He doesn’t have to allow us to be an active participant, but in His goodness and grace, He allows us to take an active role in spreading His glorious light to everyone around you. Child of God, you are worthy of this role, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, you can play an important role in God’s will being done on earth as it is in Heaven.