And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. (Colossians 3:17, NLT)
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. (Matthew 5:14,16, NLT)
Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. (Colossians 1:10, NLT)
When I think about the goodness of God and the salvation and redemption provided through Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, I am overwhelmed with love for Him. This love motivates me to action and movement or to what some would call service, work, or living for God. God has made believers as light to a world that is in darkness. We have been purposed to light up the darkness of the world. Our good works stream from us to conquer the surrounding world’s absence of light with its ignorance and sinfulness that separate it from God. The main purpose of our existence is to experience the love of God, and reflect and share its light with mankind around us.
The most exciting aspect of being light-bearers is that we know it is God’s power working in and through us. We receive true joy in knowing that God’s life flows into us, through us, and out from us to those around us. Each one of us is uniquely made by God and our lives reflect His glory in unique ways as we imitate the life of Christ. It is so important, as believers, to spend time with God to determine our individual purposes and function as reflectors of His love and bearers of His image. The fruit that we display should be identifiable as the fruit and character of Christ and, yet, we are allowed to have our unique God-given personality be expressed.
When Colossians 3:17 talks about representing the Lord in everything we say and do, we must realize that we are supported and enabled by the Spirit of God working within us. The more fruit of good works we manifest, the more we learn and experience the goodness and devotion of God directed to us. It becomes more evident, as we learn more about God’s love for us, that we are never alone if we depend on His indwelling presence. Let’s decide to accept God’s assignment to be representing lights of good deeds and character that shine in a world of darkness.
Remember always that it is God’s character working from within you that is observed by the world and not something generated by you. Be a light bearer.