“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:14)
I have had the pleasure, or displeasure depending on your perspective, of being selected for Jury Duty on three different occasions. The first time I was selected, I was actually pretty excited. I just knew I was going to see some exciting courtroom drama. The lawyers were going to argue back and forth. Someone was going to get thrown out of the courtroom. Then, at the very end of the trial, one of the lawyers was going to surprise the courtroom with some newly found evidence that swayed the outcome of the case. Then, I would join all the other Jurors for deliberations that went on for days while the one lone Juror held out hoping to sway all of the rest of us to change our decisions. Just like on TV.
I was sadly disappointed when I never even got selected to be a Juror. Just endless waiting to be chosen, only to be sent home for another day.
As Christians, we’re charged with the responsibility to be the Light of the World. I suppose this could mean many things but, to me, it means that we should all lead our lives in a manner that would set an example for others. As we lead our lives with integrity and honor and Christian love, our testimony and example are what make those that aren’t Christian want to be like us. We’re supposed to be different, not in an arrogant or “we’re better than everyone else” mode, but different in a humble and positive way so that others will be drawn to the Christian faith by our examples. Sadly, I’ve not always been successful in doing this. I haven’t always set the example I needed to set although that is always my goal.
Imagine yourself on trial before an imaginary Jury of your peers. You are charged by the courts with being a Christian. The question before the Jury is this: Is there enough evidence presented to convict you of being a Christian? Will this imaginary Jury come back undecided or unable to determine that there is enough evidence to convict you, or will they find you guilty as charged?
Courage Thoughts for Today:
- What evidence is there against you that would prove you’re a Christian?
- Are you spending time (as a good lawyer) trying to change the minds of others that you really are a Christian?
- Do you need to throw yourself upon the mercy of the “court” and ask God for forgiveness?