More than ever the Good News of the Gospel needs to be shared across the whole earth; for those who do not yet know God, to be filled with the Light of Christ.
In a world full of darkness and sin, the Light of Christ will only shine brighter and brighter, because the enemy has already been defeated. Faith as small as a mustard seed has the power to grow and grow. “When the truth and life of Jesus Christ are experienced by one person it transforms their life to such an extent that a ripple effect touches others”– Unknown.
In this post I am sharing 5 ways to shine the Light of Christ this Christmas. Little things that we can do daily to let our lights shine bright, and to bring the Good News of the Gospel to those close to us and to those who are near and far.
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1. Share the Good News of the Gospel
In this world we will encounter trials, problems that arise, hurt, pain and loss. Jesus said in John 16:33 that “in this world we will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world.” Although we face troubled times and difficulties throughout life, something we may even be facing right now, it’s important to remember the last part of the verse above: “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” God never promised us a world without trials, but through those trials He does promise us hope, peace, joy, help and protection. Which are just some of the many promises of God written throughout the Bible. And those promises are also brought into fulfilment through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, who came to save, to heal, to bring joy to all, to bring the forgiveness of sins so we can spend eternity with our Father in Heaven, and through Him we have hope.
How amazing is it to know that through Jesus, we are saved and set free from our sins, the chains that are holding us down. We are made a new creation through Christ. The things of the past no longer have that hold over us. We are children, sons and daughters of The Most High King.
You never know who you may meet, whether online or in person, the Good News of the Gospel may just be what that person needs to hear. Jesus said in Mark 16:15, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” Sharing the Good News can help someone who is struggling, feeling down and feeling lonely. To share with them that there is hope, there is salvation, there is love, there is so much joy to be felt, that Christ has the power to strengthen them, to heal them, to know that they are fearfully and wonderfully made and that they are known by their Heavenly Father.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”1 Corinthians 13:13.
2. Share the Light of Christ
Especially with a world that is currently filled with so much sin, darkness, uncertainty and the unknown, we have hope, we have a bright light that no darkness can overcome and we have the sure promises of God and His truth. There may be many people who feel lonely and afraid and who don’t fully enjoy this time of year. We as Christians, through Christ’s strength and the Holy Spirit, have the power to bring the light of Christ into other people’s lives. To share with them all that Jesus has done and all that He is doing. To bring the Good News and the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
“This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph, her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).Matthew 1:18-23.
Carol of the Light by David Barton.
There is so much power in the name of Jesus. Anxiety, sickness, depression, loneliness and fear can disappear, in His glorious name. Remember, the enemy has already been defeated and has no hold over us. Yes, we still experience tough and unimaginable times; being a Christian doesn’t excuse us from that, but it sure does give us strength. It gives us hope and joy, and we already know how the story ends. By sharing the light of Christ with someone, praying with them, sharing the Good News, through Christ we can help them hope, peace, comfort and joy.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”Mark 16:15.
3. Spread kindness
Although a bit cliché, and appears numerous times, even as the title of a film, the phrase ‘what would Jesus do?’ is such an important phrase to remember. Are the things we do and say in alignment with Christ? With all that we do and say, let’s make sure that it reflects the goodness of God, that we share love with His truth, that we help those in need and be a light. For all that we do is for God.
“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.” Matthew 5:14-16.
Whether it’s helping someone in need, praying for them, speaking kind words or even just a smile to a stranger passing by, let the Light of Christ shine through us in all that we do. Even just that little bit of kindness can go such a long way. I think so often during tough times, we forget that someone else may be going through the exact same, or they may even be going through an even tougher time. That little bit of kindness can turn someone’s whole day around.
4. Share your testimony
I know for me personally, when I was going through a difficult time, it was listening to people’s testimonies that helped me so much, they gave me hope and happiness and helped me so much in my journey of faith. Those testimonies helped me to know that I wasn’t alone, they showed me the goodness of God, how His promises are for everyone, and that I am known and that I am a daughter of God. They helped me to further fully understand what it meant to surrender and give my life to Jesus, to give it all to Him, my Lord and Saviour.
No matter what our testimony may be, no matter how big or small we may think it is, that testimony has power, it has the power for someone to know Jesus, it has the power to bring help and healing to someone who is hurting and for them to know that they are not alone. It may just be the thing someone needs to give their life to Jesus.
I find it truly amazing and wonderful reading stories of how God has worked through someone’s life, that through the unimaginable, they found hope, forgiveness, strength and joy during those unimaginable times. I never get tired of reading people’s testimonies. I read a quote that says “everyone’s testimony is powerful because it is a story about moving from death to life.” What the world gives is not what Jesus gives. When the world gives us panic, anxiety, uncertainty and fear, Jesus gives us hope, peace, joy and comfort and the knowledge of the Truth in God’s Word.
Whether it’s by sharing your testimony to a friend, online, to a complete stranger or even on paper, remember that your testimony holds power.
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.”Ephesians 2:1-5.
5. Immerse yourself daily in God’s Word and His truth
In our journey of faith, God’s Word and His Truth directs us, guides us, equips us and convicts us of our sins. God’s Word also changes the way that we look at the things of this world. To have faith over fear, to listen to the Word instead of the world, to turn our mess into a message and our test into a testimony.
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”Colossians 3:1-4.
The power of God’s Word changes our outlook on life, to look closely at the things that matter, the things that are important, to be thankful, to be joyful in all circumstances and to keep our eyes firmly fixed on Jesus, and for the light of Christ to shine in and through us.
A favourite way of mine to get into God’s Word daily, is to start my day as soon as I wake up with the Bible app that I have on my phone. I have the YouVersion Bible app, which I highly recommend downloading if you’re looking for an amazing way of getting stuck into God’s Word. Another favourite of mine is Bible journaling, which is a fun and creative way of reading the Word and studying the Bible at the same time.
My prayer is that this Christmas the light of Christ will shine in and through you, that through Christ you are strengthened, that your light will shine bright for all to see. I pray that God will guide and direct you to the people who need the Light of Christ in their lives, for them to be guided towards God. I pray that in this dark, confusing and uncertain time that you will stay firmly rooted in Christ, for all fear, worry and anxiety to be gone, for it to have no place inside of you. And I pray that instead you will feel peace and joy, keeping firm in faith, with the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, and the peace that God gives, the full armor of God. And I pray that you will be filled with God’s hope, and be filled with His Word and Truth, the Good News of the Gospel. All this I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
“In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”Romans 8:37-39.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”Ephesians 6:10-18.