By Karen Polich
Right now we are all reflecting something. The influences in our lives pour out onto those around us. Despite the influences of the world, we can choose to reflect Him. Who or what are we reflecting?
Sunday’s sermon, delivered by Steve Freeman reminded us that we have a choice when it comes to what we reflect. He gave us three things we can do to shine His light. Listen to the podcast for more.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:19-27
Pursue God’s desire for your life. Spend time with Him, studying His Word. Be kind and slow to speak. Encourage others. Love them and bring them into your world to see Christ. God desires for us to love our neighbor and love Him. He calls us to be consistent in these two areas.
Be the real deal. We should be a mirror of His love for us. We need to be consistent in our behavior. Jesus is the perfector of our faith. Seek Him.
Talk is cheap. Action means everything. How often do you help someone who can give you nothing in return? We have the power to change lives for eternity.
Today, let’s choose to be intentional about the reflection others see in us. Shine His light right where you are. It might be the only source of Him someone else sees.