Is It Prideful To ‘Shine Your Light’?

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We’ve all known people who boast, haven’t we? Sometimes we’re guilty of it, too—we one-up friends in conversations or want to be the best-looking guy or gal at the event. We want people to see our star factor and know we’re special.
Sometimes this weakness fades in childhood. Other times it’s a lifetime battle.

When we become Christians, real followers of Jesus, the focus of our lives suddenly pivots. Instead of us being the superstar, we realize it’s actually all about Jesus. We want to make Him famous, make others turn toward Him so they, too, can have eternal life. We want to share the Good News so everyone can hear.

But then doubts creep in: Are people going to think I’m “up to my old ways”? Will they think I’m trying to brag when I tell them about this ministry or that touching mission? By shining the light of the Lord, am I accidentally shining my own light, instead?

Nope. And here’s why.

When we are filled with the light of Christ, it’s His light that fills us. And when we do things in His name, it becomes His, not ours.

In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus tells His followers, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (NIV).

He's saying, in essence, don’t hold back. Shout it from the rooftops, whisper it in conversations, and spread the news any way you can about the wonderful works being done within you—for they all point to God.

Think about the woman at the well—when she learned from Jesus’s own lips that not only did He know everything about her, but He also possessed “living water,” what did she do? Did she bury that news or tuck it away in her heart, saved only for her?

No, she proclaimed it to everyone she encountered on the city streets! This woman—who’d been married five times and was likely a social outcast—headed into the town shouting, “Come, see” (John 4:29). And because she did, many of her townspeople also came to believe in Jesus (4:39).

So keep on shining your light and telling your story—how God healed you, helped you, transformed you, and showed you the way. Tell it every way you can!
It all points to Jesus. And, frankly, that’s the whole, ahem, point.


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