Light stands in stark contrast to darkness. You do not have to be a scientist to realize this. You may not understand the science behind it, but it is obvious that light is different than darkness.
Christians know that they are called to be lights in a dark world. They are told this so often that it has become rather cliché. We know we must live in contrast to the world, but how do we do that?
In Philippians 2, Paul gives believers 8 “easy” ways to be a light. Why do I say “easy” in quotations? I say it that way because most of these principles will be obvious to the seasoned believer. Yet sometimes those simple truths are the most difficult to live out consistently. Even Paul in Philippians chapter three gently points out that it is a safeguard for us to be reminded of the fundamental truths. Without further ado, 8 “easy” ways to live as a light.
- Unity – In a world that is constantly divided by politics, socioeconomics, and ethics, let us stand in bright contrast with our unity. Paul urges us to be of the same mind, the same love, united in spirit, and intent on one purpose. Our love for Christ and His Word should bond us together as believers.
- Regard One Another as More Important – Again, this may seem basic. But in a society where everything is catered to self, we can stand out by deeming others as more important. Our time, resources, and energy should be given to serving one another.
- Look Out for the Interests of Others – I was thinking a lot about this principle this week. I love how Paul puts this. We are to actively be looking for ways to serve others. It is not a passive principle. Let us stand apart by the way that we actively pursue the interests of others. We don’t just serve when we are asked, but we look for ways to help others.
- Work Out Your Salvation – We know that we are not saved by our works. But our works are a testimony of who our Savior is. Let us be known for our obedience and diligence in a culture with no regard for authority and little esteem for hard work.
- Do All Things Without Grumbling – The simplest yet hardest truth. I pray our joyful attitudes would set us apart. We all could probably think of someone who just shines with the love of Christ. It stands out. You notice it.
- Above Reproach – May we avoid even the appearance of evil. May our speech, our interactions with others, our movie choices, our clothing choices, and even our Facebook posts be undeniably Christ-honoring.
- Holding Fast the Word of Life – Pastor John MacArthur points out that this phrase actually means that we are “holding forth” the Word of Life. We should be always ready to share the Good News with others.
- Rejoicing – Lastly, let our joy (despite circumstances and struggles) shine brightly as a testimony to the One who saved us.
Light symbolizes purity, joy, and truth. I pray that our light would reflect the purity of Christ, the joy of knowing Him, and the truth of the Gospel.