Focus your light!
I remember as a kid using a magnifying glass to focus the sun’s light to a small beam that would set things on fire. It amazed me that the same sunlight that warmed me in the winter shining in the window could contain such power but only when focused into a small beam of light. What is a Christian but a focused beam of God’s light by which Christ is revealed to the world. Our pre-ordained good works focus his light and many receive the spark of life through the fire that’s ignited. “For he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire”
We are focusing our light when we listen to people, always adding something good to the conversation and giving good advice through the gift of wisdom that God has given you. We don’t preach to them or quote scriptures but respond with things that meet their needs. Many say but don’t do, let your light focus on his will for you by being zealous of the good works he has willed that you walk in. That focus will have his power and bring the fire into the souls of those he has called and chosen!
We Christians are a peculiar people who are zealous of God’s pre-ordained works for us, we should leave the preaching/teaching evangelism to those whom God has called and gifted for that *ministry, to do otherwise is to become fanatics who drive people away by running after them. It is our light and righteous behavior that will attract many through our good works.
*The Epistles of the Apostles prove that only those who are called and gifted by God should do the preaching, teaching and evangelism, to deny this is to twist or add to the word.
And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues. 1-Corinthians 12: 28 NASB.
All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they? 1-Corinthians 12: 29 NASB.
Pastors also are to called and gifted men apt to teach, they are to lead God’s flock with humility, not lording their authority over them.
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5: 16 NASB.