For What Itís Worth,
Are You Being a Christian Role Model?

By E. J. Bradshaw

For most of my years of Bible study for sermon preparation and personal devotion, I’ve been fascinated by the many analogies used to describe the people of God and our function in His Kingdom. For instance, we are compared to a boxer, soldier, a participator in a track meet, trees, light, salt, etc.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel (a basket), but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16.

Using the comparison of light, what truths was the Master teaching? “Light” signifies righteousness, Godlikeness. “Darkness” signifies sin or unrighteousness. So, we display God-likeness for the world to see; but the word He used for light is “Luna”, the word for the moon. We have no righteousness of our own nor power to generate light. Like the moon reflecting the light of the sun, we are to reflect the righteousness of the Son of God. That Light will drive out the darkness of sin. Our light (along with His Word – the Bible) serves as a guide to others who travel thru this world of sin’s darkness. In the early days of aviation, planes traveling at night were guided by strategically located, powerful signal light beams flashing across the sky. At night, light enables us to see how to perform necessary tasks. So, our righteous, godly life benefits others and encourages them to glorify God with their good works.

To be His light in the world, we must be clean. A dirty, smudgy life will cast a dim light. Our light is to be strategically placed by the Master, and, if covered or hidden, it cannot fulfill its purpose.

Jesus spoke of one thing in particular that will dim our light. He was speaking of money or undue desire for material things and said, “You cannot serve two masters, for either you will hate the one and despise the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and material things. Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye. Therefore, if your eye be unselfish and generous, your whole body shall be full of light. But if your eye is evil the whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light in you be darkness, how great is that darkness.” Matthew 6:21-24. Some questions: How bright is your light shining for Jesus? Have you allowed God to place you where He wants your light to shine? Are the lens smudgy with sin? Is the focus of your life to get, or is it to use your blessings to glorify God? Someone you know is looking for guidance, hope, and a model to imitate. Will what they see in you lead them to God; or will they be mired in the darkness of sin? Think about it; polish the lens; and position yourself so you will be the light that brings glory to God!

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