Send the Light
People tend to take great pride in what they “advocate.” We actively advocate for causes that are important to us, and that we believe will make a positive difference in the world around us. For some of us it might be politics, or environmental policies. Reflect upon your personal life for a moment. What do you find so important that you take the time to tell others about it? What topics do you tend to “speak your mind” on with the people you encounter day-to-day?
God gave the prophet Ezekiel something important to advocate:
When I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. “Yet if you have warned the wicked and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered yourself. (Ezekiel 3:18–19)
Ezekiel was Israel’s watchman, but Christians are the light of the world. Paul writes, “for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light,” (Ephesians 5:8). As Christians, God has given us a job to “expose” the darkness in people’s lives (Eph. 5:11). We talk about being “the light of the world” all the time, but exactly how do we do that?
There are three ways Christians can act as lights. We can be:
- Flood Lights: This is when we flip the light-switch in someone’s life by teaching them the Gospel. All Christians must grow to be able to teach the basic principles of Christianity (Heb. 5:12). This is our great commission. God can use us to save souls through our being this kind of light.
- Flash Lights: Perhaps you’re not quite at the point where you can teach someone all they need to know to come out of their present darkness, but you can take them to someone who can. This is how Andrew brought his brother to know Christ (John 1:40-42). Where would the great apostle Peter be if someone hadn’t served as his flashlight?
- Fire Lights: We also advocate the light of Christ through our behavior. We live in a dark world, and sometimes the loudest sermon we can preach is our own righteous example (1 Pet. 3:1-2).
We rarely hold back from sharing our wisdom on our various opinions with people that we talk to. However, nobody’s soul is in danger if they don’t hear what we have to say about something like the current presidential race. We need to be much more active in sharing what matters most; the gospel. What are you advocating?