Pastor Samuel Rodriguez has become one of my favorite authors and preachers. When one of his books are published, you can be sure that I’ll soon have my nose buried in it.
Although I don’t know him personally, I have interviewed him. He’s one of our authors at Charisma and a frequent online contributor. He’s one of God’s anointed, and like E.F. Hutton (retro commercial reference), when he speaks, people listen.
Pastor Sam, as we like to call him, once asked the question in his book, Be Light: What do we need to change today to become a more perfect mirror and reflect the light of God?
For one, I believe, we need to recognize who we are in Christ and just how much He loves us. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” How does that make you feel?
Believe it. HE LOVES YOU THAT MUCH, even when you mess up! Sometimes, I can’t belive some of the awful things I do and says, yet God still loves me enough to forgive me.
And second, as a believer, open your heart, be humble and judge yourself. Allow the Holy Spirit to show you where you’ve made mistakes and where you need a heart change.
We can all use such a dose of humility at times. Don’t let your pride get in the way. God loves a contrite and humble heart. He knows you messed up, and He loves it all the more when you know it and want to do something about it.
“We need holiness and fear of the Lord to really be restored as people of God today. The Lord is going to judge the world. He said in His Word that judgment begins first in the house of God. As people of God, we must judge ourselves … the more we judge ourselves, the more impact we will have on masses of people out there that don’t yet know the Lord. Judgment is good. … We need to expose areas where we need to change. It’s all for our good and for the glory of God.”
“God loves a contrite and humble heart. He knows you messed up, and He loves it all the more when you know it and want to do something about it.”
Matthew 5:16 says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven.” (NIV) If we live for Christ, we will glow like lights, showing others what Christ is like.
But many believers, me included at times, hide our light by being quiet when we should speak, going along with the crowd, denying the light, letting sin dim our light, not explaining our light to others or ignoring the needs of others.
But that’s not what our faith is about. As Pastor Sam says, “our faith is transparent, transcendent and transformational. .. The church is called to bring people to faith, to follow his mission, to spread His hope and to be His light so that others can experience the touch of the Master. The church must know who Christ is in order for the world to know who Christ is. He is the son of the living God.”
So, if you’re on the road and someone cuts you off, calm down and ignore it. If someone in the grocery store is talking and won’t move, pleasantly ask them to excuse you. If someone takes your parking spot, calm down and find another one. If your teens are being teens, don’t get upset and yell at them. Hug them and love on them, even if you don’t feel like it.
Let the light of Christ shine through you. Make it so visible that people can’t help but recognize, that’s Jesus, the Light of the world!