I have not been sent to share the gospel across culture. But wherever I live, I am meant to shine before people.
You are the light of the world…No one lights 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 for all to see so they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matt 5:14-16
A light can’t help illuminate the darkness, unless someone has put it where it can’t be seen.
But why would I want to hide what God has done for me? Imagine knowing where a million dollars was being given out, one million to each person. Would you keep quiet or tell others where to find it? And imagine you knew a volcano was going to erupt. Would you keep silent or would you warn people and tell them you knew a bunker where they could be safe?
And if you encountered a person who couldn’t walk, would you carry them so they could receive their million dollars, and carry them to the bunker out of danger from the volcano? We live in a wounded world and we are not meant to conceal God’s healing light and love under a spiritual burqa. We are not meant to veil who God is or what He has done in our lives.
In the words of Steven Curtis Chapman, I want to live out loud:
“Try to keep a bird from singing after
it’s soared up in the sky”
You who bring good tidings to Zion,
go up on a high mountain.
You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem,
lift up your voice with a shout,
lift it up, do not be afraid;
say to the towns of Judah,
“Here is your God!”