Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Thursday, February 9, 2017
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
OK, so you’ve been waiting for your “come up” opportunity. Here’s your chance! Don’t waste it.
People are always looking for a way to impress folk to build their brands, sell products, become known in a chosen industry, or otherwise make their mark on society. They scratch, claw, jockey for position, and do all sorts of unmentionable things to be seen with the movers and shakers that will represent the “big break” they need to get ahead.
There are more problems with this than I can get into in this short thought, but among them is the disingenuous nature of this approach. People often could not care less about those they want to be “seen” with. They hardly could care less what compromises they must make to get to that next level. As long as whoever they hitch their wagon to is still “turnt up,” they are good. But the moment something untoward hits the media they are outta there, seeking just as many ways to distance themselves from the personalities and controversy. I will not go too far into that.
Did you notice our theme text? The Bible says, in contrast to all I have described thus far, that we should let our light shine so we can make our loving heavenly Father look good (in the eyes of others). Instead of staging our come up to further our materialistic pursuits, the apostle John is encouraging us to do all we can to big-up Jesus. The original Baptist, John, did that. He said that He would decrease after he had become so well known in society so that Jesus would increase. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Are we not here to bring God glory so others can experience eternal life change—so they can be delivered from the presence and penalty of sin? Of course!
So, as you plan your public strategy today, how you will approach the movers and shakers you may encounter, remember to invert your approach prayerfully. Instead of making a name for yourself, make a name for God through all you say and do. By the way, when you do this from a pure heart of service, God will give you a bonus. When you consistently bow before Him, He will elevate you before kings. You will be able to stand straight and be distinguished among those in your industry, areas of interest, etc. Ask Daniel, Joseph, and others. Their testimonies will give you courage as you do this.