"Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)
I’ve got a simple question for you: what do you do with a light bulb?
Have you ever bought a light bulb, decorated it real pretty, and let it hang in your window? Ever stood a light bulb on a shelf with all your books or trophies? Ever worn one around your neck? I hope your answer to all of these questions has been NO! These are stupid questions because everyone knows that a light bulb is used for one thing and one thing only...to give light. Until a light bulb is placed into a socket and filled with an electric current it has not fulfilled its original and unique design and purpose.
Every human being who has walked the earth has wondered about his or her purpose for being born. Many decide that they are nothing more than an accident of nature and that life is ultimately meaningless. Others conclude that the answer lies within nature, the unseen, or themselves and they spend their lives in search of a false truth. Still, others decide that it’s pointless to think about this stuff and so they busy themselves in the pursuit of pleasure, adventure, success, and wealth. All of these people, in all three of these groups, will never experience the ultimate satisfaction of knowing why they were created. The simple truth is we are all like light bulbs. God’s original and unique design for us is to shine like lights in this world and until we are filled with the current of His Spirit, we can never fulfill our true purpose. There’s another interesting thing about a light bulb. No one turns on a light in a room and then stares at the light. The whole point of the light is to reveal what’s all around it. In a similar way, the purpose of our lives is not to bring glory, status, and fame to ourselves, but to reveal the reality and goodness of God all around us so others may also recognize, know, and praise Him. We only have one life on earth to live, so let it SHINE!
"Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun." (Psalm 37:5-6)