Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,16 holding fast the word of life. Philippians 2:14-16b
It’s so easy to become envious of others and complain about our lot in life. Our hearts are dragged down and we lose that shine that we as Christians should have. As the verse says we as Christians live among a crooked and perverse generation. They have no hope except in their accomplishments, wealth and possessions. If we become like them in desiring the things they do, how can we sow them the way out? That there is much more to life than what they are living. That the treasures of this earth are nothing to compare with what is in store for us who have accepted Jesus as our Saviour. The bible says in 1 Corinthians 2:9; But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” If we complain how can we show them the way? Is the world going to pay more attention to you in your grumbling and complaining or if you shine brighter than all other imitations of the Light? They may seem to be happy and yet within each of them is an inner voice saying; “Is this all there is?” If you do not shine before them, there are plenty of false lights out there to lead them astray such as cults and false teaching.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16
You are not the Light, but you are a reflection. In the same way the moon is not the source of the light, but a reflection of the sun, it is Jesus who is the Light and you are His reflection. He is the Light of the world and we are to let Him reflect His light through us to the world. It is not something to be hidden, but used to illuminate the darkness that much of the world doesn’t even know is there.
Has your shine dulled? Get out the word and let it along with the Holy Spirit remove the dross and gunk that has built up and buff up that shine once again. Your unsaved friends and family need you to shine so bright that they can’t help but notice it.