Monday, May 2, 2011

This Little Light of Mine

I was watching a popular TV show last night and a thought hit me like a lightning bolt. Have you ever noticed that you can often easily distinguish if someone is a homosexual. Especially the guys. Their mannerisms are different. Their speech is different. And often their style of clothing is different. I have seen it over and over again. This is not always true. I know someone who is caught up in the lifestyle, and to meet him, he just appears to be your average redneck. Unless you knew that he lives with another man and they sleep in the same bed, you’d never have a clue. He keeps his “secret” well guarded.
Using this as a basis, what kind of Christian are you?
If I met you on the street and we had never seen each other before, would I know that you are a Christian? Would there be something different about you?
Have you ever noticed that you can usually tell a priest/pastor from anyone else in the room? Usually, their dress code will be somewhat of a give-away. But not always. Sometimes it is just that they stand out. They may seem cheery, hold their head up more, and present a different countenance than the others around them.
There are some religions that make it easy to distinguish their followers. In the US, you will see young men riding around on bicycles, wearing black suits with white button-up shirts. You immediately know what religion they belong to.
And quite usually, when Satan has his grips on someone, you can tell it too. The haggardness of their appearance, the eyes that are blank or dark with despair, a countenance that makes you want to back up and not be a part of them.
So why is it that the world can’t tell we’re a Christian before they ever see us pull into a church parking lot? (btw, this doesn’t make you one!)
It’s because we are too busy doing things that we shouldn’t be doing, saying things that we shouldn’t be saying. We are always wanting to “fit in” with the crowd, instead of “standing out” so that we can be an example to the rest of the world.
When I meet someone, I can usually tell if they at least try to follow God. Their overall appearance (and I’m not talking about their clothing/hair style/etc) is calming, soothing, and they are someone that you want to be around. They always lift you up, instead of beating you down. You know that you can go to this person for guidance when you have a problem in your life.
Now, these people are not always Christians. There are some people who are just “Good People.” But for a large majority, these people in the above paragraph do follow Christ. And it shows. They will always be content in their troubles. Sure, they will have problems, they will not necessarily be wealthy, although if God chooses to bless them, then their storehouses will be plentiful.
Christians, let us start to be different. Live your life in a way that anyone who meets you in Wal-Mart, the grocery store, or the mall can see that you are different, even if they don’t realize that it is God within you that is making you this way. Quit thinking that your style of dress, lack or abundance of makeup or what car you drive or anything else is going to make you “Christ-Like.”
Let’s start being Christians. I used to sing a song as a kid in church, and I think we need to start singing it again.
“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.”
“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.”
“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.“
“Let it shine, Let it shine, Let it shine.”
Keep on shining until next time!

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