“For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.”
2 Corinthians 4:6 NLT

It’s your year of light! More so, you are very much aware that God has made you a light in this world (Matthew 5:14) but what does this really mean? How does it translate into your daily living? Simply put, it means you cannot be ashamed of the gospel.

The love of God must push you to preach. Even our human love towards one another is intense, how much more the magnitude of God’s love for you and yours for Him. If you truly love, you must express it by preaching to the unsaved.

See how Paul explains the responsibility love places on you:

“Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.”
2 Corinthians 5:14‭-‬15 NLT

Christ’s love bestows the responsibility of living for Him on you and to do so effectively, you must preach His gospel. Are you running out of gas in your reach for the lost? If you truly understand the Gospel, you will preach it.

At this point, it is important to ask yourself this question thus “Am I living for myself? ” “Am I ashamed of the Gospel?” Take a moment and think about this. Be honest with yourself.

That said, it’s important to point out that even if you are the best in charity work, you have not done anything if you haven’t preached the Gospel.

Do great things but do the word – preach. Do charitable works, climb the corporate ladder but make sure you preach! It’s more important than any of your life ambitions.

Look at the story in John 4, the woman always came to Jacob’s well to fetch water to drink everyday but the day she heard the Gospel through Jesus’s mouth, she was offered an opportunity to drink of the water that would forever quench her thirst. And Jesus never hesitated to give it to her. It was more important than the water she came to fetch.

Other wells (career, money, relationships etc) will run dry from time to time but the wells of salvation will never run dry. Preach this gospel. Give people this living water. Once they drink of Christ, their thirst will be forever quenched!

Have the one-lost-sinner mentality. Look around you and find that one person who is not saved. Go after that one lost sinner. It will cost your time, resource and effort but it will be oh so worth it (Luke 15:4 – 7).

Finally, what do you live for? Is it for money, the quest for a spouse or followership on your social media platforms? Should it not be for Christ? With this in mind, from now on, when you wake up in the morning, see it as another opportunity to do more for Christ. Live as light.

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 9:1-13, Acts 13:1-25, Psalms 21, Genesis 46-47.

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