No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed. A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house (Luke 8:16, NLT).
There comes a time—when you’re deeply aware of how much grace God has poured into your life—that you simply cannot hold it inside you anymore. It occurs to you that to hoard grace is an oxymoron, and that if you do so...well, that makes you a moron.
You must release it, let it out. Share it. Jesus said that if you’ve been forgiven much, you’ll love much. (See Luke 7.) He said to let your light shine. (See Matthew 5:16.)
Growing up, I was told shining your light was a metaphor for witnessing, which in the evangelical tradition I found myself a part of, meant giving a verbal witness: sharing the plan of salvation with people and dragging them, somehow, across “the line of faith.”
I wonder, doesn’t a life, radically changed by grace, shine brighter than an argument about the existence of God? Isn’t grace lived out more compelling than grace theologically explained?
If we fully grasped the truth of grace, it would change how we live and especially how we love. We would shine. God’s love and grace would flow through us—we’d become grace’s conduit.
In many ways, grace—and the joy it brings—makes no sense. Which is precisely why it’s such a gift. You can try to manufacture a positive attitude without experiencing grace. But it’s going to be just that—manufactured. Or you can receive the grace of God, and then choose to let what is already inside simply shine out on everyone around you.
FAITH STEP: Ask Jesus to make you aware of His grace today, and give you the courage to simply shine.
Written by Keri Wyatt Kent
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