Let Your Light Shine

3 Ways to Let Your Little Light Shine in a Big World

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I switched on the light of the flashlight that I held in my hand and smiled as it lit up the dark night around me immediately. Suddenly, everything around me was clear. I knew I wouldn’t trip over my siblings’ toys or that pesky wheelbarrow when I was holding that bright light.

But looking around as I walked through the grass to the shed, I noticed how much of the darkness that my light didn’t touch. Even though the flashlight I held gave off a strong and powerful beam, it barely lit up any of the inky darkness surrounding me.

Sometimes, we feel like this in real life. We’re all little lights shining for Jesus, but in a giant world of darkness, we can feel quite small. In a country where darkness is the norm, our lights can be trampled down and distinguished.

As teenage girls trying to shine in the world, it can be especially hard. How do we make our lights brighter to reach more people when the world is trying to persuade us to shut off our lights and join in their blind race through darkness? Here are 4 different ways just for you.

10 Little Lights = 1 Big Light

Community matters in Christianity, because we may feel small being one little light, but when a bunch of lights join together it can create one big beam.

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.Hebrews 10: 24-25

As we fellowship with each other and work together to shine even brighter, we’ll also be helping each other and spurring each other on to go into the world and do good works. It’s like a win win. A double whammy. A… well, I think you get the point. 😉

Dare to Be Different

One way to let our lights shine in the world is to dare to be different than the rest of the sinful world. How? By choosing not to go to that party everyone else is, by choosing not to post seductive selfies on Instagram for attention, or by choosing not to do the things everyone else is doing to fit in with the world.

We should dare to be different and shine for Jesus and for Jesus alone. If we try to shine for the world, we’ll only come out dim. Jesus makes us brighter.

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:5-7

Don’t Let Satan Blow It Out

Remember that song we all sang in Sunday School and AWANA so many times, This Little Light of Mine? The second verse goes…

Don’t let Satan blow it out,
I’m gonna let it shine

Satan will try as hard as he can to blow our lights out, but we’re going to let them shine (more on how to kick the devil’s butt here). By beating Satan down and lifting our lights out of his reach, we’re becoming brighter for the world to see.

 

Have a wonderful day, girls! And don’t forget to let your lights shine. 🙂

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Faith, Sin

Is Christianity Worth It?

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For a little while after I became a Christian, I was ecstatic with excitement. I read my Bible every spare minute I got, going over verses that I’d heard all my life in church and school but had really had no meaning to me before. Everything was suddenly so clear and it was like the Word was speaking to me.

I was like that for the next week or so. That’s when things started to get hard.

Christianity became harder for me over time. I felt like I suddenly had loads more responsibility in the upkeep of my spiritual and emotional life. Every day my #1 goal was to honor God in everything I did, but that was hard, as I am a sinful human like anyone else in the world.

And, on top of it all, Satan—who probably wasn’t very happy with my previous excitement—stepped into the picture and started giving me doubts about my faith.

Is God actually real? He seems too good to be true. Am I really worth anything to Him?

Do I really need God? Can’t I do everything myself?

Constantly striving to be righteous is harder than doing whatever I want and how I want. Is Christianity really worth the extra effort?

That one last thought just kept ringing over and over and over in my mind.

Is it really worth it?

I prayed and searched the Bible from cover to cover, trying to find an answer but I couldn’t find one. Then one night at youth group, my small group leader assigned us to buddy-read Romans 6 and discuss things that stuck out to us in the chapter. There were three verses that my partner read that hit me right in the heart and completely baffled me with the truth they spoke. I’d read and even memorized these verses in the past, but not once had I looked close enough to think  on what they really meant.

Romans 6:20-23 says, “When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NIV)

In verse 20, it says that when we were yet unsaved, we were free from the responsibility that befalls a heart given to God, from that nagging in the back of our minds asking us over and over, what would Jesus do?

That’s what I had been missing. I had been wishing to have the “freedom” of being able to sin and not feel convicted by the Lord. The sinful side of me was aching to be able to do something bad and not be kicked in the shins by guilt.

Verse 21 was what really changed my view. It says, “What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death!”

That first sentence got my brain-wheels turning. What do I get out of sinning, what do I get out of following God, and how are they different? The more I thought about, and the more I read the verses, I realized that sin doesn’t benefit us in any way.

But God and His grace do.

With sin, we are eternally condemned to a hopeless life that will only lead to hell in the end. Yes, we are “free” from the responsibility of maintaining our relationships with God. We are “free” to rebel against Him in any and every way we choose, but we are not truly free, because sin comes at a price.

But for those who have accepted God, that price has already been paid.

And then I realized, I had been asking the wrong question the whole time. I had been asking whether Christianity was worth it because it interfered with my ability to sin. The real question was, though, was sin worth it when it interfered with the life God had bought for me with His own blood?

And, because that price has been paid, we have the privilege of being able to develop personal relationships with our Lord and serve Him by leading others to His light and love.

That is why Christianity is worth it.

Even though it’s not always easy, even though we may be shunned by the world, choosing God over sin is worth it because we get to help Him in His great ministry of healing our broken world. And in the end, our prize awaits in heaven where we’ll get to sit at the feet of Jesus for the rest of our days.

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